Category: Environmental politics

The Third Plate

Penguin Press | August 19, 2019 | 496 pages
Offering a revolutionary new way of eating, the award-winning chef, exploring farming practices around the world, reveals that America's cuisine is in desperate need of a radical transformation and charts a new path forward for eaters and chefs alike to make food sustainable and delicious.  More Info

Hemp Bound

Chelsea Green Publishing | August 19, 2019 | 192 pages
The stat sheet on hemp sounds almost too good to be true: its fibers are among the planet's strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For nearly a century, it's been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United... More Info

Sustainable Compromises

August 19, 2019 | 216 pages
"An account of Boye's experiences building and occupying alternative, sustainable houses"--  More Info

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist

January 21, 2014 | 143 pages
Offers information on turning a personal yard into an edible landscape, including such topics as herb spirals, food forests, raised bed gardens, earthen ovens, uncommon fruits, and outdoor mushrooms.  More Info

The Red Canary

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA | May 6, 2014 | 320 pages
The creation of Dolly the sheep in the 1990s was for many people the start of a new era: the age of genetically modified animals. However, the idea was not new, for in the 1920s an amateur scientist, Hans Duncker, decided to genetically engineer a red canary. Favored originally for their voice, by... More Info


Back Bay Books | May 6, 2014 | 528 pages
A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind... More Info

The All You Need Is Less

Cleis Press | August 19, 2019 | 232 pages
"All You Need is Less is about realistically adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from the soul-destroying guilt of using a plastic bag because you forgot your reusable ones in the trunk of your car (again), or becoming a preachy know-it-all whom everyone loathes from... More Info

A Window on Eternity

April 22, 2014 | 176 pages
Featuring beautiful full-color photographs by two of the world's best wildlife photographers, a world-renowned biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winner tells the extraordinary story of how Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was destroyed, restored and continues to evolve.  More Info


Harper Design | April 1, 2014 | 400 pages
Hummingbirds by Michael Fogden has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.  More Info

Journey to the Tar Sands

Lorimer | October 15, 2008 | 96 pages
Nineteen young environmentalists go on an Alberta road trip to learn the truth about tar sands development.  More Info

Gyre: the Plastic Ocean

February 1, 2014 | 200 pages
A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from Japan’s tsunami is soon Alaska’s beach litter. With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art from debris collected from beaches... More Info

Walden Warming

August 19, 2019 | 248 pages
In his meticulous notes on the natural history of Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau records the first open flowers of highbush blueberry on May 11, 1853. If he were to look for the first blueberry flowers in Concord today, mid-May would be too late. In the 160 years since Thoreau’s... More Info

The Incidental Steward

April 1, 2014 | 256 pages
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Climate Change

MIT Press | March 28, 2014 | 360 pages
An updated and accessible account of what science knows about climate change, incorporating the latest scientific findings and policy initiatives.  More Info

Neighborhood As Refuge

Mit Press | August 19, 2019 | 296 pages
Environmental justice as studied in a variety of disciplines is most often associated with redressing disproportionate exposure to pollution, contamination, and toxic sites. In "Neighborhood as Refuge," Isabelle Anguelovski takes a broader view of environmental justice, examining wide-ranging... More Info

The Commons in History

MIT Press | March 7, 2014 | 184 pages
An argument that the commons is neither tragedy nor paradise but can be a way to understand environmental sustainability.  More Info

The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology

Mit Press | August 19, 2019 | 280 pages
The development and deployment of cleaner energy technologies have become globalized phenomena. Yet despite the fact that energy-related goods account for more than ten percent of international trade, policy makers, academics, and the business community perceive barriers to the global diffusion of... More Info

Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era

MIT Press | March 14, 2014 | 408 pages
International experts examine the effects of urbanization and economic globalization on land use and offer new insights to advance understanding and sustainable practice.  More Info

Feeding Frenzy

April 12, 2014 | 356 pages
Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking, and the media is full of talk of a "world food crisis." This raises some big questions. Can we feed a population that... More Info

Seeds of Hope

Grand Central Pub | April 1, 2014 | 432 pages
The renowned naturalist and best-selling author of Reason of Hope blends her experience in the natural world with her enthusiasm for botany to examine the critical role of trees and plants in the environment, citing the work of forefront botanists while outlining her theories about sustainable... More Info

The New Organic Grower

Chelsea Green Publishing | January 1, 1995 | 340 pages
Covers soil, farm economics and labor, crop planning, equipment, green manures, tillage, organic fertilizers, pests, and livestock  More Info

Carbon Rush

Red Deer Press | April 30, 2013 | 212 pages
Written by award-winning documentarian Miller, this book focuses on the real meaning of carbon trading, and looks at the zero-sum formula where the amount of carbon-based pollution is not being reduced--only moved by brokers among countries.  More Info

Farm City

Penguin Paperbacks | August 19, 2019 | 276 pages
Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned avacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm.  More Info

River Notes

October 15, 2013 | 162 pages
Plugged by no fewer than twenty-five dams, the Colorado is the world's most regulated river drainage, providing most of the water supply of Las Vegas, Tucson, and San Diego, and much of the power and water of Los Angeles and Phoenix. If the river ceased flowing, it would soon be necessary to... More Info


Bloomsbury USA | March 4, 2014 | 256 pages
There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and orcas. In the twentieth century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other has killed none. Jeffrey Masson's fascinating new book begins here: There is... More Info

Seven Modern Plagues

January 15, 2014 | 250 pages
Every time we sneeze, there seems to be a new form of flu: bird flu, swine flu, Spanish flu, Hong Kong flu, H5N1, and most recently, H5N7. While these diseases appear to emerge from thin air, in fact, human activity is driving them. And the problem is not just flu, but a series of rapidly evolving... More Info

Making Better Buildings

New Society Pub | February 1, 2013 | 400 pages
Sustainable building from the ground up - the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies  More Info

DIY Citizenship

MIT Press | February 7, 2014 | 464 pages
How social media and DIY communities have enabled new forms of political participation that emphasize doing and making rather than passive consumption.  More Info


September 27, 2013 | 256 pages
"Buzz is a fascinating reminder of the interconnections between humans and animals, even in that most urban of environments, New York City."--Gary Alan Fine, author of Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction Bees are essential for human survival--one-third of all food on... More Info

Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture, Second Edition

February 7, 2014 | 368 pages
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January 19, 2014 | 256 pages
The air we breathe is twenty-one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world. While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet. How did it become this way? Oxygen is the most current account of the history of atmospheric oxygen on Earth. Donald... More Info

The Ecological Hoofprint

Zed Books | December 3, 2013 | 224 pages
The exploding global consumption of meat is implicated in momentous but greatly underappreciated problems, and industrial livestock production is the driving force behind soaring demand. Following his previous groundbreaking Zed book The Global Food Economy, Tony Weis explains clearly why the... More Info

Stop Signs

Brunswick Books | May 1, 2010 | 259 pages
In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile. The authors argue that the automobile's ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and corporate malfeasance, racism, corruption, environmental destruction, and war.  More Info

The Very Hungry City

January 1, 2014 | 384 pages
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Reaktion Books | November 15, 2013 | 224 pages
From the flood that remade the earth in the Old Testament to the 1931 China floods that killed almost four million people, from the broken levees in New Orleans to the almost yearly rising waters of rivers like the Mississippi, floods have many causes: rain, melting ice, storms, tsunamis, failures... More Info

Bokashi Composting

New Society Pub | January 1, 2014 | 224 pages
Supercharge your composting with the bokashi method  More Info

The Upcycle

Macmillan | April 16, 2013 | 227 pages
Tackles resource scarcity and sustainability and describes how everyday objects from chairs to cars and factories are being redesigned to sustain and promote life.  More Info

The Big Necessity

Holt Paperbacks | July 7, 2009 | 304 pages
Challenges popular taboos to raise awareness about the dangers, rising costs, and environmental concerns related to human waste, citing a high percentage of people in both developed and underprivileged nations who do not have access to properly maintained sewage systems and the efforts being made... More Info

The Ecological Rift

Monthly Review Press | October 1, 2010 | 544 pages
Humanity in the twenty-first century is facing what might be described as its ultimate environmental catastrophe: the destruction of the climate that has nurtured human civilization and with it the basis of life on earth as we know it. All ecosystems on the planet are now in decline. Enormous rifts... More Info

The Sweetness of a Simple Life

Random House Canada | October 22, 2013 | 224 pages
The author of The Global Forest--an international bestseller and a classic upon publication, beloved by readers around the world--gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind. In The Sweetness of a Simple Life,... More Info

The Visual Handbook of Energy Conservation: A Comprehensive Guide to Reducing Energy Use at Home

Taunton Press | November 12, 2013 | 320 pages
From the author of the best-selling The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling (over 300,000 copies sold in all three editions), comes a new book in the same graphic format that explains how to reduce energy use in the home. With a vast array of well-organized and easily accessible essential... More Info

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

August 19, 2019 | 394 pages
The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower.The Small-Scale Poultry Flockoffers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.Readers... More Info

Our Way Out

McClelland & Stewart Limited | April 17, 2012 | 320 pages
Global warming, energy shortages, overpopulation — it's no wonder that as a society, we're in an apocalyptic mood. Out of an endless stream of gloomy prognoses for humanity's future, we have emerged with little inspiration and few concrete ideas for change. Our Way Out is the first time that our... More Info

Thinking With Water

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 304 pages
As a life-giving but also potentially destructive substance, water occupies a prominent place in the imagination. At the same time, water issues are among the most troubling ecological and social concerns of our time. Water is often studied only as a "resource," a quantifiable and instrumentalized... More Info

Uprisings: A Hands-On Guide to the Community Grain Revolution

New Society Pub | September 10, 2013 | 240 pages
From seed to loaf ? everything you need to know about growing grain locally  More Info

Our Once and Future Planet

October 25, 2013 | 544 pages
The environmental movement is plagued by pessimism. And that’s not unreasonable: with so many complicated, seemingly intractable problems facing the planet, coupled with a need to convince people of the dangers we face, it’s hard not to focus on the negative But that paints an unbalanced—and... More Info

Biggle Bee Book

Skyhorse Publishing Company Incorporated | September 3, 2013 | 144 pages
Originally published in 1909, here is a charmingly written and beautifully illustrated guide to the art of beekeeping.  More Info

American Exodus

New Society Pub | November 12, 2013 | 304 pages
Some scientists predict the sea will rise one and a half meters before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real amount much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts and droughts and heat events will be annual threats. All this will occur as... More Info

The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants

JHU Press | May 24, 2013 | 144 pages
A recent rise in the popularity of urban farming, farmers’ markets, and foraging from nature means more people are looking for information about plants. In The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, botanists Lytton John Musselman and Harold J. Wiggins coach you on how to safely identify, gather, and... More Info

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 504 pages
North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval. Its landscapes are utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's superabundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly... More Info