In this incredible expedition into the origins, workings, and evolution of our planet, John Gribbin, bestselling author of In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, The Scientists, and In Search of the Multiverse, does what he does best: taking 4.5 billion years of mind-boggling science and digging out the... More Info
Food security is a topic that is increasingly in the public consciousness. Covering fast food, health food, institutional food, and more, this timely guide shows how "real food" has become increasingly scarce, dominated as it is in the West by agri-business and supermarkets. In the no-nonsense tone... More Info
"In the heart of the Amazon basin lies the Yasuni UNESCO reserve, one of the most biologically diverse forests on the planet. It is home to the Waorani and some of the last indigenous peoples still living in isolation in the Amazon.
Using Marxism, anarchism, and social ecology to explore domination, power, and hierarchy, the author criticizes the use and abuse of animals in capitalist society and argues for the abolition of animal involvement in industry and as a human food source.
Arguing that the climate crisis confronting the world today is rooted mainly in the wealthy economies' abuse of fossil fuels, indigenous forests, and global commercial agriculture, this important book investigates how Africa has been exploited and how Africans should respond for the good of all. As... More Info
The Original Green is the sustainability our ancestors knew by heart. Originally (before the Thermostat Age) they had no choice but to build green, otherwise people would not survive very long. The Original Green aggregates and distributes the wisdom of sustainability through the operating system... More Info
John Robbins awakened the conscience of a nation and spearheaded a movement with this book, as Rachel Carson had before him, and as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser have done in his wake. Robbins revealed the inhumane conditions under which food animals are raised and his insights into the moral... More Info
An urban-dwelling couple who tried to run a farm--and failed--encourage readers to learn from their mistakes, in a book that looks at not only the practical aspects of running a farm, but also such social aspects as health care, schools and small-town politics, as well as the hot-button issues of... More Info
When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater,... More Info
Despite sporadic news coverage of extreme weather, international conventions on climate change, or special UN days, rarely do we participate in a sustained analysis of environmental policy making. To remedy this shortcoming and to propel the discussion forward, Peter J. Stoett provides a concise... More Info
A step-by-step, illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous households and neighborhoods across America introduces permaculture as a practical way to live well with less money, convert waste into wealth, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and increase the availability of local produce.... More Info
How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it feel an insect's spindly legs? How do flowers know when it's spring? Can they actually remember the weather? And do they care if you play them Led Zeppelin or Bach? From Darwin's early fascination with stems and vines to Little Shop of... More Info
The green movement has got it very wrong. Nature no longer controls our planet it is humanity, 'the god species', that must save the environment we have inflicted unprecedented damage upon. And the tools we must use are the very technologies that environmentalist have told us for years will spell... More Info
Like The Omnivore's Dilemma, this inventory of how we consume stuff is a wake-up call -- shocking but inspiring. Would you like: Products that don't damage the environment? A better way of life without agonising about your 'footprint'? To really know your stuff? Climate change? Biofuels? Nuclear... More Info
For thousands of years we have grown, cooked and traded food, and over that time much has changed. Where once we subsisted on gritty, bland grains, we now enjoy culinary creations and epicurean delights made with vegetables from the New World, fish trawled from the deep sea, and flavoured with... More Info
"We are undergoing a historical transformation in the way we create and disseminate energy. Together, Internet technology and the reality of renewable energy are creating a new type of electrical grid, one in which energy is stored and distributed on an individual basis. Soon, hundreds of millions... More Info
Through the use of case studies, the authors look at the scientific, economic and political aspects of the current global water crisis, from India's lack of infrastructure to the diverting of rivers to feed California's hungry agriculture.
America's once-vibrant small-to-midsize cities--Syracuse, Worcester, Akron, Flint, Rockford, and others--increasingly resemble urban wastelands. Gutted by deindustrialization, outsourcing, and middle-class flight, disproportionately devastated by metro freeway systems that laid waste to the urban... 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
"How can each of us live Cooler Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days-- what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work-- may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the... More Info
Explores why cities have different "energy metabolisms" and discusses innovative approaches to the problems of expensive energy consumption, fearing that those cities that need large amounts of energy to function will be at a competitive disadvantage in the future.
The authors tell the story of the potential, catastrophic extinction of the albatross bird group, an extinction that has been interrupted by an unlikely alliance of governments, conservation groups and fishermen.
This eloquent, rage-inciting polemic about the global failure to deal with climate change will appeal to readers of Tim Flannery, George Monbiot and Bill McKibben--and anyone concerned with the economic and environmental future of our planet. Kyoto, 1997. Montreal, 2005. Copenhagen, 2009. Cancun,... More Info
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
A graceful and sharply observed book of inspiration that uses the garden as its central muse A New Leaf traces a year of growing seasons at The Leaf, Merilyn Simonds' acreage in eastern Ontario. A lifelong gardener, Simonds works the soil and the soul for wide-ranging revelations about everything... More Info
The first comprehensive treatment of environmental philosophy, going beyond ethics to address the philosophical concepts that underlie environmental thinking and policy-making today Encompasses all of environmental philosophy, including conservation biology, restoration ecology, sustainability,... More Info
"Are conservation and protecting animals the same thing? This book by an award-winning environmental reporter reveals they are not. Animal rights activism is surging in popularity, but the results are mixed, particularly when it comes to saving wild animals and the habitat that sustains them.... More Info
Ranging from ancient times to modern-day environmental threats, a natural and cultural history of soil explains how an elimination of protective vegetation and an exposure to wind and rain causes severe erosion of cultivated soils, how the use and abuse of soil has shaped human history, and the how... More Info
In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century--that would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb's comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages--of water, land,... More Info
This book explores food from a philosophical perspective, bringing together sixteen leading philosophers to consider the most basic questions about food: What is it exactly? What should we eat? How do we know it is safe? How should food be distributed? What is good food? David M. Kaplan's erudite... More Info
A resource with more than 50 full-color maps and graphics Illustrates the causes and consequences of climate change on populations around the world, the progress made on fulfilling commitments regarding the issue and local efforts needed to reverse some of the long-term effects. Original.
The best-selling author of Armed Madhouse shares a dramatic exposé of the relationship between the oil and banking industries while arguing that such environmental disasters as the Gulf oil spill and Exxon Valdez can be directly linked to corporate corruption and failed legislation. 75,000 first... More Info
In this probing look at how plastic built the modern world-- and the price the world has paid for plastic-- journalist Freinkel points out that we're nearing a crisis point and gives readers the tools needed through lively anecdotes and analysis.
Reveals what can be understood about the natural world through the author's year-long observation of a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest, explaining the scientific ties binding all life and how the ecosystem has cycled for millions of years. 25,000 first printing.
Explores the social, political and ecological forces behind key things and moments in every kid's childhood, arguing that parents should consider environmental issues an integral part of family life. By the author of Living Downstream and Having Faith. 25,000 first printing.
The impact of the oil and gas industry - paradoxically seen both as a blessing and a curse on socio-economic development - is a question at the heart of the comparative studies in this volume, stretching from Northern Europe to the Caucasus, the Gulf of Guinea to Latin America. Britain's... More Info
This book explores the significance of human behaviour for understanding the causes and impacts of changing climates and for assessing varied ways of responding to such changes. So far the discipline that has represented and modelled such human behaviour is economics.
Struggles over drinking water, new outbreaks of mass violence, ethnic cleansing, civil wars in the earth’s poorest countries, endless flows of refugees: these are the new conflicts and forces shaping the world of the 21st century. They no longer hinge on ideological rivalries between great powers... More Info
Presents a step-by-step guide with information on how to grow fruits and vegetables in small spaces, covering such topics as soil preparation, sowing seeds, growing in containers, and common gardening problems.