Category: Environmental politics

Treading Softly

MIT Press (MA) | September 1, 2013 | 224 pages
How to imagine and then realize an ecological order based on living within our biophysical means.  More Info

Browsing Nature's Aisles: A Year of Foraging for Wild Food in the Suburbs

New Society Pub | October 15, 2013 | 240 pages
Mud clams, knotweed, and plants that bite back ? one family's adventures in suburban foraging  More Info

The Once and Future World

Random House Canada | May 14, 2013 | 256 pages
The Once and Future Worldbegan in the moment J.B. MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine wilderness he had always believed it to be. Instead, his home prairie was the outcome of a long history of transformation, from the disappearance of the grizzly bear to the... More Info


Little, Brown | September 24, 2013 | 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 Burning Question

Greystone Books | October 8, 2013 | 256 pages
The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. One reason is that saving energy is like squeezing a... More Info

The Sacred Headwaters

Greystone/David Suzuki Fdtn | December 27, 2011 | 145 pages
In The Sacred Headwaters, a collection of photographs by Carr Clifton and members of the International League of Conservation Photographers - including Claudio Contreras, Paul Colangelo, and Wade Davis - portray the splendour of the region. These photographs are supplemented by images from other... More Info

Blue Future

September 6, 2013 | 336 pages
The final book in Maude Barlow’s Blue trilogy, Blue Future is a powerful, penetrating, and timely look at the global water crisis — and what we can do to prevent it. The global water crisis has dramatically deepened. The stage is being set for drought on an unprecedented scale, mass starvation,... More Info

Their Fate Is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to the Health of Our World

Experiment Llc | September 10, 2013 | 240 pages
Chickens, puffins, eagles, canaries, pelicans, and other birds are recruited by humans to help us interpret changes in our complex and unpredictable world. These amazing creatures continually sample the atmosphere, oceans, forests, and insect populations, signaling toxic and environmental dangers... More Info

The Politics of the Pantry

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 208 pages
"What's for dinner?" has always been a complicated question. The locavore movement has politicized food and challenged us to rethink the answer in new and radical ways. These days, questions about where our food comes from have moved beyond 100-mile-dieters into the mainstream. Celebrity chefs... More Info

On a Farther Shore

Broadway | September 3, 2013 | 480 pages
Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, an in-depth portrait of the biologist and reformer examines how she helped to raise awareness of the natural world, the importance of conservation and the dangers of synthetic pesticides.  More Info

Green Wizardry

New Society Pub | September 10, 2013 | 304 pages
Tested skills for thriving in the age of limits  More Info

Recycling Reconsidered

MIT Press (MA) | August 1, 2013 | 320 pages
Recycling is widely celebrated as an environmental success story. The accomplishments of the recycling movement can be seen in municipal practice, a thriving private recycling industry, and widespread public support and participation. In the United States, more people recycle than vote. But, as... More Info

Wild Hope

University of Chicago Press | July 9, 2012 | 255 pages
Offers stories of successful conservation around the world, introducing the heroes and foot soldiers, and sharing the new ideas they are generating about how to make conservation work.  More Info

No-Nonsense Guide to World Food, 2/e

September 10, 2013 | 144 pages
In this updated edition of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food Wayne Roberts puts under the microscope a global food system that is under strain from climate change and from economic disaster. He shows how a world food system based on supermarkets and agribusiness corporations is unsustainable and... More Info

The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

MIT Press | August 9, 2013 | 224 pages
The future is not what it used to be because we can no longer rely on the comforting assumption that it will resemble the past. Past abundance of fuel, for example, does not imply unending abundance. Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible. In this book, Jörg Friedrichs argues that... More Info

The Atlas of Food: With a New Introduction

University of California Press | March 1, 2013 | 128 pages
What we eat, where we eat, and how we eat: these questions are explored in this remarkable book, now with a new introduction contextualizing the atlas for 2013 and beyond. By providing an up-to-date and visually appealing understanding of important issues around global food and agriculture, The... More Info

Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

University of Minnesota Press | August 1, 2013 | 288 pages
If our oil addiction is so bad for us, why don't we kick the habit? Looking beyond the usual culprits—Big Oil, petro-states, and the strategists of empire—Lifeblood finds a deeper and more complex explanation in everyday practices of oil consumption in American culture. Those practices, Matthew... More Info

Garden Wisdom & Know-How

Black Dog & Leventhal Pub | March 1, 2010 | 496 pages
Presents step-by-step instructions and resources for gardening, including knowing the soil, planning, starting seeds, and making and using organic fertilizer.  More Info

A Green Reef

Linda Leith Publishing | September 28, 2013 | 56 pages
In spite of its disturbing implications, the impact of climate change on our physical environment can be difficult for us to understand or imagine. Moving from a memoir of a journey through an abundant yet fragile natural world to the daunting scientific evidence that climate change will lead to... More Info

The Global Forest

Penguin (Non-Classics) | November 29, 2011 | 175 pages
A cautionary exploration of the world's forests cites the essential role of trees in the planet's ecological, pharmaceutical and cultural arenas, explaining how planting trees in urban and rural areas can help safeguard environmental interests. Reprint.  More Info

Betting on Famine

July 2, 2013 | 304 pages
A former member of the Swiss Parliament and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food discusses how the new global market in biofuels may have given rise to widespread starvation that has suddenly reappeared world-wide, after being nearly eradicated. 10,000 first printing.  More Info

Ivory, Horn and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis

Firefly Books Limited | September 3, 2013 | 192 pages
As recently as ten years ago, out of every ten African elephants that died, four fell at the hands of poachers. The figure today is eight. Rhinoceroses are being slaughtered throughout their ranges. The Vietnamese one-horned rhinoceros is extinct, the western black rhino is now believed to be... More Info

Soil and Sacrament

Free Press | August 6, 2013 | 288 pages
Part spiritual quest, part agricultural travelogue, this moving and profound exploration of the joy and solace found in returning to the garden is inspiring and beautiful. After he graduated from Duke Divinity School, Fred Bahnson underwent an agrarian conversion. Trading the pulpit for the plough,... More Info

Stand Up That Mountain

Scribner Book Company | July 30, 2013 | 400 pages
Traces the author's life-changing experiences while defending a small Belview Mountain community and a fragile section of the Appalachian Trail from the illegal mining practices of the Clark Stone Company, a case that eventually pitted several national conservation groups against the state of North... More Info

The Story of Earth

Penguin Group USA | July 30, 2013 | 320 pages
The author of the best-selling Science Matters outlines a radical new approach to geologic history that advances controversial theories that the Earth evolved and that life evolved from minerals, assessing supportive findings while explaining the impact of human actions.  More Info

The Pipeline and the Paradigm

April 23, 2013 | 240 pages
This thoroughly researched and wholly engaging book investigates the economic, ecological, political, and psychological issues behind the Keystone XL pipeline—a project so controversial it has inspired the largest expression of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. With... More Info

Nature for Sale

Pluto Press | June 4, 2013 | 152 pages
Nature for Sale uncovers the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property relations. Giovanna Ricoveri argues that the subsistence commons of the past can be reinvented today to provide an alternative to the current destructive economic order. Ricoveri... More Info

Polar Imperative

Douglas & McIntyre | November 22, 2011 | 560 pages
Winner of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize Winner of the 2011 J. W. Dafoe Book Prize Nominated for the 2010 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Nominated for the 2011 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize Nominated for the Lela Common Book Prize for Canadian History Based on Shelagh Grant's years of groundbreaking archival... More Info

The End of Night

Little, Brown | July 9, 2013 | 304 pages
A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true... More Info

Traveling the Power Line

March 1, 2013 | 240 pages
In our power-hungry world, all the talk about energy—what's safe and what's risky, what's clean and what's dirty, what's cheap and what's easy—tends to generate more heat than light. What, Julianne Couch wanted to know, is the real story on power production in this country? Approaching the... More Info

Any Way You Slice It

May 7, 2013 | 320 pages
Rationing: it's a word—and idea—that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to ?shouting an obscenity in church.” Yet societies in fact ration food, water, medical care, and fuel all the time, with those who can pay... More Info

Cows Save the Planet

Chelsea Green Publishing | August 18, 2019 | 220 pages
Explains soil's role in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.  More Info

Rebuilding the Foodshed

Chelsea Green Publishing | August 18, 2019 | 321 pages
Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made "local food"... More Info

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights

Chelsea Green Publishing | June 12, 2013 | 280 pages
Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do? Yes, say a growing number of people increasingly afraid that the mass-produced food sold at supermarkets is... More Info

Paradise Lot

Chelsea Green Publishing | August 18, 2019 | 234 pages
Tells the story of two single men who turned a backyard lot into a productive garden, with advice on setting up a permaculture, choosing suitable food plants, and designing an urban garden that functions as a natural ecosystem.  More Info

Carbon Democracy

Verso Books | May 7, 2013 | 288 pages
How oil undermines democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis  More Info

Cold, Hungry and in the Dark

New Society Pub | May 14, 2013 | 336 pages
What the frack ? exploding the myth of the natural gas ?one hundred-year supply.”  More Info

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

Chelsea Green Publishing Company | April 11, 2011 | 232 pages
First published in German as Sepp Holzers Permakultur by Leopold Stocker Verlag.  More Info

The Attacking Ocean

Bloomsbury Press | June 11, 2013 | 288 pages
The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than 700 feet below modern levels. Over the next eleven millennia, the oceans climbed in fits... More Info

Spiritual Ecology

July 1, 2013 | 296 pages
Showing the deep connection between our present ecological crisis and our lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, this series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around the world shows how humanity can transform its relationship with the Earth. Combining the thoughts and... More Info

Small Stories, Big Changes

New Society Pub | April 16, 2013 | 240 pages
Voices from the vanguard of environmental change.  More Info


University of Chicago Press | June 5, 2013 | 305 pages
Until recently, seaweed for most Americans was nothing but a nuisance, clinging to us as we swim in the ocean and stinking up the beach as it rots in the sun. With the ever-growing popularity of sushi restaurants across the country, however, seaweed is becoming a substantial part of our total food... More Info

Terra Nova

ABRAMS | June 4, 2013 | 192 pages
Blending together natural history, architecture, chemistry, and politics, a senior conservation ecologist presents a roadmap for renewing economic growth, revitalizing communities, and creating a sustainable environment.  More Info

Earth Repair

New Society Pub | June 11, 2013 | 336 pages
Resistance is fertile ? bioremediation techniques to heal the earth.  More Info

The Ocean of Life

Penguin Group USA | May 28, 2013 | 432 pages
A Silent Spring for oceans—from “the Rachel Carson of the fish world” (The New York Times) The sea feeds and sustains us, but its future is under catastrophic threat. In this powerful and ambitious book Callum Roberts—one of the world's foremost conservation biologists—tells the story of... More Info

Man and Sea

ABRAMS | May 21, 2013 | 304 pages
Spanning from the arctic to the tropics, from large-scale views of Australia's barrier reef to close-up images of sea turtles, Man and Sea is a compelling, entirely unique journey through a fascinating world. Spectacular aerial images by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and striking underwater photographs by... More Info

Food Rules

Penguin Group USA | December 29, 2009 | 140 pages
The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food presents a pocket-sized set of rules for eating wisely in accordance with a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions, sharing guidelines for making grocery choices and dining out. Original. 500,000 first printing.  More Info

Digging the City

Rocky Mountain Books Ltd | October 1, 2012 | 164 pages
At the last census in 2006, just over 80 percent of Canada's population lived in urban centres. How we feed that population and protect its food sources is an enduring subject of debate in food security circles these days.  More Info

Gardener's A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

Storey Books | August 18, 2019 | 485 pages
A single-volume reference for organic food gardening is arranged in an A-to-Z format that covers planting, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, storing, working in a greenhouse, and preventing and combating plant diseases and garden pests. Original.  More Info

Food, Farms, and Solidarity

Duke University Press Books | January 28, 2013 | 352 pages
The Confédération Paysanne, one of France's largest farmers' unions, has successfully fought against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but unlike other allied movements, theirs has been led by producers rather than consumers. In Food, Farms, and Solidarity, Chaia Heller analyzes the group's... More Info