Category: Environmental politics

Everyday Bicycling

Microcosm Pub | December 1, 2012 | 128 pages
Containing all the knowledge required to get started riding a bicycle for everyday transportation, Elly Blue introduces readers to the basics, including shopping for a bike, honing street smarts, dressing properly for conditions, carrying everything from groceries to children to furniture, and... More Info

What We Know About Climate Change

MIT Press | November 30, 2012 | 128 pages
Offers an introduction to the scientific consensus on the human role in global warming.  More Info

The Thinking Beekeeper

New Society Pub | January 1, 2013 | 288 pages
Give bees a chance ? the complete how-to and why-to for keeping bees in top-bar hives  More Info

Waking the Giant

Oxford University Press, USA | April 7, 2012 | 320 pages
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

World in One Cubic Foot

November 15, 2012 | 224 pages
Presents portraits of the diverse life forms that moved through one cubic foot of space over twenty-four hours in six different ecosystems around the world.  More Info

An Ecology of Happiness

University of Chicago Press | October 1, 2012 | 184 pages
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

Wasted World

April 15, 2012 | 337 pages
Discusses resource consumption, population growth, and waste in relation to humanity's impact on the planet.  More Info

The Wrath of Capital

December 9, 2012 | 224 pages
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

The Inquisition of Climate Science

November 25, 2012 | 272 pages
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

Fixing the sky

Columbia Univ Pr | August 15, 2010 | 325 pages
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.  More Info

Seeds, Science, and Struggle

MIT Press | July 20, 2012 | 219 pages
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

Shopping for Good

MIT Press | September 21, 2012 | 103 pages
"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

Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change

MIT Press (MA) | April 6, 2012 | 336 pages
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

The Silent Epidemic

MIT Press | August 17, 2012 | 229 pages
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

Hijacking Sustainability

MIT Press (MA) | February 17, 2012 | 224 pages
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

The Death of Ramón González

September 1, 2005 | 400 pages
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

Comparative Environmental Politics

MIT Press (MA) | February 24, 2012 | 424 pages
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

Sacrifice Zones

MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 368 pages
The stories of residents of low-income communities across the country who took actionwhen pollution from heavy industry contaminated their towns.  More Info

City Cycling

MIT Press | October 19, 2012 | 393 pages
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

Ecoholic Body

Vintage Canada | April 10, 2012 | 496 pages
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The Carbon Crunch

Yale University Press | November 27, 2012 | 304 pages
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

This Crazy Time

Vintage | June 19, 2012 | 384 pages
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

Eat the City

Crown Pub | July 10, 2012 | 335 pages
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.  More Info

The Vertical Farm

Picador USA | October 25, 2011 | 336 pages
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.  More Info


W. W. Norton | August 20, 2012 | 416 pages
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

Climate Matters

W. W. Norton | July 23, 2012 | 224 pages
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

October 1, 2012 | 339 pages
"" 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

Planet Without Apes

Harvard University Press | November 5, 2012 | 272 pages
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

Who rules the waves?

Pluto Pr | May 15, 2010 | 216 pages
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


Polity | June 28, 2011 | 296 pages
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

The Dry Garden

Orion Pub Co | March 6, 2012 | 256 pages
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

Blue covenant

McClelland & Stewart Ltd | October 16, 2007 | 234 pages
An Inconvenient Truth of water.  More Info

Beyond the Global City

McGill Queens Univ | June 28, 2012 | 504 pages
Looking beyond the smoke screen of Toronto's rapid and costly growth to re-envision sustainable planning in Ontario's neglected regions.  More Info


Beacon Pr | November 9, 2010 | 288 pages
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

The Race for What's Left

Metropolitan Books | March 13, 2012 | 320 pages
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.  More Info

Toxic burn

Univ Of Minnesota Press | April 24, 2007 | 280 pages
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

Turn Here Sweet Corn

U of Minnesota Press | March 7, 2012 | 344 pages
A master class in organic farming, a lesson in entrepreneurship, a love story, and a legal thriller  More Info

Black, White, and Green

November 1, 2012 | 206 pages
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 Brink

December 1, 2012 | 352 pages
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

Environmental Health Narratives

University of New Mexico Press | August 15, 2012 | 400 pages
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

Fields and Streams

November 1, 2012 | 184 pages
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

Toward Sustainable Communities

New Society Pub | July 17, 2012 | 384 pages
Helps citizens and their governments apply the concept of sustainable development in their communities. Original.  More Info

The carbon charter

New Society Pub | July 1, 2009 | 145 pages
An indispensable guide to charting your city's green future.  More Info

Food Security for the Faint of Heart

New Society Pub | September 1, 2008 | 192 pages
Simple techniques for securing your food supply in an insecure world.  More Info

The new village green

New Society Pub | September 1, 2007 | 265 pages
The revolutionary ideas, values, and attitudes of the green chorus.  More Info

The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings

New Society Pub | November 27, 2012 | 288 pages
The most complete and up-to-date guide available to energy savings in the home  More Info

Boat Green

New Society Pub | February 1, 2008 | 224 pages
Why "green boating" saves money, increases fun, and helps the planet.  More Info

Unlearn, Rewild

New Society Pub | October 9, 2012 | 225 pages
Wild by nature - radical sustainability skills and ideas for a post-industrial future  More Info

The Intelligent Gardener

New Society Pub | December 11, 2012 | 336 pages
Beyond organic-- a practical guide to nutrient-dense food.  More Info


New Society Pub | January 1, 1999 | 231 pages
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.  More Info