The annual conference Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet features environmental thinkers and activists who are willing to ask the hardest questions about the seriousness of the planet's situation, and this book presents an impassioned critique of the dominant culture... More Info
An astonishing transformation over the last 20,000 years has seen our planet changed from a frigid wasteland into the temperate world within which our civilization has grown and thrived. This dynamic episode in our planet's history, right at the close of the Ice Age, saw not only a huge temperature... More Info
We know that our gas-guzzling cars are warming the planet, the pesticides and fertilizers from farms are turning rivers toxic, and the earth has run out of space for the mountains of unrecycled waste our daily consumption has left in its wake. We’ve heard copious accounts of our impact—as... More Info
Weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture, Fleming examines issues of health and navigation in the 1830s, drought in the 1890s, aircraft safety in the 1930s, and world conflict since the 1940s.
While climate change has become the dominant concern of the twenty-first century, global powers refuse to implement the changes required to reverse these trends. Rather, they have neoliberalized nature and climate change politics and discourse, indicating a more virulent strain of capital... More Info
Modern science is under the greatest and most successful attack in recent history. An industry of denial, abetted by news media and "info-tainment" broadcasters more interested in selling controversy than presenting facts, has duped half the American public into rejecting the facts of climate... More Info
The idea of "sustainability" has gone mainstream. Thanks to Prius-driving movie stars, it's even hip. What began as a grassroots movement to promote responsible development has become a bullet point in corporate ecobranding strategies. In Hijacking Sustainability, Adrian Parr describes how this has... More Info
From reviews of the first edition: "Angus Wright has shown in a brilliant study [how] the imposition of high-yield agriculture helped to break apart the intimate relationship between cultures and ecosystems that had coevolved over long periods of time." —David W. Orr, from Earth in Mind: On... More Info
Bicycling in cities is booming, for many reasons: health and environmental benefits,time and cost savings, more and better bike lanes and paths, innovative bike sharing programs, andthe sheer fun of riding. City Cycling offers a guide to this urban cyclingrenaissance, with the goal of promoting... More Info
How do different societies respond politically to environmental problems around the globe? Answering this question requires systematic, cross-national comparisons of political institutions, regulatory styles, and state-society relations. The field of comparative environmental politics approaches... More Info
Genetic engineering has a wide range of cultural, economic, and ethical implications,yet it has become almost an article of faith that regulatory decisions about biotechnology be basedonly on evidence of specific quantifiable risks; to consider anything else is said to"politicize" regulation. In... More Info
"Buy local," "buy green," "buy organic," "fairtrade"--how effective has the ethical consumption movement been in changing market behavior?Can consumers create fair and sustainable supply chains by shopping selectively? Dara O'Rourke, theactivist-scholar who first broke the news about Nike's... More Info
We will not find "exposure to burning coal" listed as the cause of death ona single death certificate, but tens of thousands of deaths from asthma, chronic obstructivepulmonary disease, lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other illnesses are clearly linked tocoal-derived pollution. As... More Info
Predictions about global climate change have produced both stark scenarios of environmental catastrophe and purportedly pragmatic ideas about adaptation. This book takes a different perspective, exploring the idea that the challenge of adapting to global climate change is fundamentally an ethical... More Info
Despite commitments to renewable energy and two decades of international negotiations, global emissions continue to rise. Coal, the most damaging of all fossil fuels, has actually risen from 25% to almost 30% of world energy use. And while European countries have congratulated themselves on... More Info
Traces the experiences of New Yorkers who grow and produce food in bustling city environments, placing today's urban food production in a context of hundreds of years of history to explain the changing abilities of cities to feed people. 30,000 first printing.
From one of the world's most controversial campaigners, This Crazy Time is the No Logo of the NEW environmental movement, an essential must-read that combines Bill Bryson's personable style and humour with Naomi Klein's hard-hitting activism and research. Passionate, profound, inspiring and funny,... More Info
When Columbia professor Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crisis, he didn't just think big, he thought "up" and developed the vertical farm--a fully functioning farm grown inside a skyscraper. Four 8-page full-color inserts.
The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth. Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty... More Info
A vital new moral perspective on the climate change debate. Esteemed philosopher John Broome avoids the familiar ideological stances on climate change policy and examines the issue through an invigorating new lens. As he considers the moral dimensions of climate change, he reasons clearly through... More Info
"" Our Dying Planet" is the most powerful statement on the future of life on earth I have ever read. Starting with the title, which I admire greatly, it delivers the sort of honest, accurate, no-punches-pulled assessment you would expect from a scientist who has seen the problems first hand. Coral... More Info
Can we live with the consequences of wiping our closest relatives off the face of the Earth, and all the biological knowledge about ourselves that would die along with them? Extinction of the great apes threatens to become a reality within a few human generations. Stanford tells us how we can... More Info
With piracy raging in the Indian Ocean, international disputes over undersea oil and gas, and chronic overfishing, the oceans have rarely been subject to such varied and environmentally damaging conflict outside a world war. In Who Rules the Waves? Denise Russell gives us a rare insight into these... More Info
Fishing has played a vital role in human history and culture. But today this key resource faces a serious crisis as most species are being overfished or fished to their very limit. Governments have tried to tackle the problem with limited success. Many of their actions have been counterproductive... More Info
With today's increasingly hot summers and dry winters, gardeners need guidance on plants that will thrive in our changing climate. Beth Chatto's classic work The Dry Gardensuggests an array of easy-to-care-for plants that naturally flourish in dry conditions and provide a year-round display of... More Info
The first full account of the scientific and political dynamics of global PCB contamination, and its threat to human health and the environment Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were first manufactured in 1920 for the electronics industry. This highly toxic group of substances was then put to... More Info
A renowned expert on natural resource issues reviews how the depletion of resources is sparking border wars and military confrontations, arguing that the only way to prevent continued dwindling of supplies is to alter our consumption patterns altogether. 30,000 first printing.
Debates over global warming and fossil fuel dependence dominate public discussions of the environment. For many of us, these debates are abstract because environmental problems do not yet disrupt our daily lives. But in communities throughout the United States and around the globe, environmental... More Info
Andrew woke up with a guinea worm coming out of his foot as a result of drinking unsafe water a year previously. Anjali awoke with a cough because smoke from kilns filled her dilapidated home. Tyler stayed home from school because he had a stomachache from eating bad beef. What are the links... More Info
Examining the science of stream restoration, Rebecca Lave argues that the neoliberal emphasis on the privatization and commercialization of knowledge has fundamentally changed the way that science is funded, organized, and viewed in the United States. Stream restoration science and practice is in a... More Info
Farmers markets are much more than places to buy produce. According to advocates for sustainable food systems, they are also places to “vote with your fork” for environmental protection, vibrant communities, and strong local economies. Farmers markets have become essential to the movement for... More Info
Life on the Brinkaspires to reignite a robust discussion of population issues among environmentalists, environmental studies scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force... More Info
Food industry and biotech expert Brewster Kneen reveals how 'life-science' conglomerates are genetically engineering food plants for corporate profit with little concern for health or the effect on the environment.
Arguing that corporations are mainly responsible for the expansion of the damaging industrial food system, this discussion focuses on these organizations and the ways they organize and control food production and distribution. Demonstrating how the corporate food system destroys those systems based... More Info