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
Design Like You Give a Damn  is the indispensable handbook for anyone committed to building a more sustainable future. Following the success of their first book, Architecture for Humanity brings readers the next edition, with more than 100 projects from around the world. Packed with practical... More Info
Environmentalism usually calls to mind images of peace and serenity, a oneness with nature, and a shared sense of responsibility. But one town in Colorado, under the guise of environmental protection, passed a resolution limiting immigration, bolstering the privilege of the wealthy and scapegoating... More Info
This thought-provoking book collects stories about activists who, striving for any type of social change, have operated on the fringes of legal and social norms, providing a rare glimpse into the societal structures that are preventing us from attaining a more sustainable world. Original.
On June 23, 2000, the iron ore carrier MV Treasure foundered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, spilling 1,300 tons of oil into the ocean and contaminating the habitat of 75,000 penguins—thus threatening to decimate 41 percent of the world’s population of African penguins. A massive... More Info
Explores every facet of water and examines the issues surrounding water scarcity and what can be done to ensure that humans have plenty of clean water in the future. By the best-selling author of The Wal-Mart Effect. Reprint.
Outlines the water cycle and other natural cycles that affect the water supply, the causes and consequences of various types of pollution, and related topics, and suggests methods of countering potential problems.
Makes predictions about an imminent water-shortage crisis in North America, exploring the ways in which communities have the potential to be devastated by both droughts and floods, in an account that also makes recommendations for preventing the crisis. Original.
Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of pine beetle (also known as the bark beetle) outbreaks unsettled iconic forests and communities across western North America. An insect the size of a rice kernel eventually killed more than 30 billion pine and spruce trees from Alaska to New Mexico. The pine... More Info
Examines the rationalizations used by humans to condone the slaying of certain animals for food and clothing, describing inhumane practices of animal slaughter, healths risks, and myths about meat eating.
Praise for Foster and Magdoff's The Great Financial Crisis: In this timely and thorough analysis of the current financial crisis, Foster and Magdoff explore its roots and the radical changes that might be undertaken in response. . . .
A passionate environmental call to arms documents the author's 1997 short-cut voyage through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, where he discovered the planet's largest garbage dump and resolved to raise awareness about the toxic impact of plastic waste in the world's oceans.
The author of Green Metropolis outlines a practical contrarian manifesto on modern environmental issues that challenges perceptions that current practices will be sufficient, revealing startling facts and ways to apply initially counter-intuitive but ultimately beneficial methods for securing a... More Info
Hailed as ?a truly eye-opening view of how American business-as-usual really works” by the Daily Kos and ?an alarming and uncompromising investigation” by Le Monde, The World According to Monsanto charts award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin's three-year journey... More Info
When author Veron's family learns that a lease with Shell Oil for land it owned in western Louisiana had expired it opened a controversy that took nine years to resolve. This is a David and Goliath tale of duplicity, environmental chaos, and legal bullying.
With BPA in baby bottles, mercury in fish, and lead in computer monitors, the world has become a toxic place. But as Emily Monosson demonstrates in her groundbreaking new book, it has always been toxic. When oxygen first developed in Earth's atmosphere, it threatened the very existence of life: now... More Info
In the 2012 edition of its flagship report, the Worldwatch Institute marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit by looking at what changes and policies will be necessary to make sustainability a permanent feature of the world's economies, in a book that also includes informative charts.
A former vegan returns to eating meat for health reasons and discusses and challenges the behavior of hunters and vegetarians alike, ultimately determining that both groups are motivated by values and instincts that are very similar.
In Wild Law, Cormac Cullinan fuses politics, legal theory, quantum physics, and ancient wisdom into a fascinating story that has been seminal in informing and inspiring the global movement to recognize rights for Nature-a movement destined to shape the twenty-first century as significantly as the... More Info
Recounting her own journey toward self-reliance, the author describes her escape from consumer-driven culture by moving from the city to a farmhouse and offers practical suggestions for readers in any setting on how to achieve self-reliance through the development of simple skills ranging from... More Info
This friendly guide to eating locally gives readers all the information they need to buy, cook, and eat close to home. Cotler covers all the basics: why eat locally, where to find local foods, how to eat locally on a budget, what questions to ask at the farmers' market, and even how to grow one's... More Info
Food versus Fuel presents a high-level introduction to the science and economics behind a well-worn debate, that will debunk myths and provide quality facts and figures for academics and practitioners in development studies, environment studies, and agricultural studies.
This book is for anyone involved with managing environmental decisions making. The book promotes innovative ways of understanding and taking responsibility for actions in the context of our ‘natural’ world through a selection of classic and contemporary edited readings accompanied with an... More Info
The local and global environmental impacts of transport are more apparent than ever before. This book provides an attention-grabbing introduction to sustainable transport development in practice via a series of case studies. Re-assessing the value and importance of non-motorized transport raises... More Info
How do oil and democracy mix? Oil is a curse, we are told, that causes corruption and war, but Carbon Democracy tells a different story. Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, the politics of nature, the work of democracy, and the place of the Middle East in our common world. He begins... More Info
By combining provocative prose with photo-essay, Time and the Suburbs explores the disappearance of cities in North America under the weight of suburban, exurban, and other forms of development that are changing the way we live. Pointing to the complex experience of time in traditional cities, the... More Info
Humans have always used denial. When we are afraid, guilty, confused, or when something interferes with our self-image, we tend to deny it. Yet denial is a delusion. When it impacts on the health of oneself, or society, or the world it becomes a pathology. Climate change denial is such a case.... More Info
Fly and Be Damned gets underneath the well-known facts about the unsustainable nature of the aviation industry and argues for fundamental change to our traveling habits. The first book to transcend the emotional debate between the entrenched positions of those who are either for, or against,... More Info
Biofuels have been much debated, but to date the focus largely has been on Latin America and deforestation. Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa is a highly original work that breaks fresh ground by looking at the African perspective. Most African governments see biofuels as having... More Info
A fascinating popular science book that reveals how much we really know - and don't know - about the natural world. It explains why we need to be more concerned about ecosystems than individual iconic species such as the giant panda and gorilla. How much do we really know about the species that... More Info
While the world goes green, Canada has elected to go black into the tar. The frenzied development ($100 billion and counting) of the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta, in the last six years has made Canada the world’s fifth greatest global exporter of oil and turned the country into “an... More Info
An award-winning writer's provocative look at rural communities and a passionate call to arms to save them. Rural life in North America has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. The few remaining family farms now struggle to survive. They have been replaced by corporate-backed factory... More Info
"We all know what water is, and we often take it for granted. But the spectre of a worldwide water crisis suggests there might be something fundamentally wrong with the way we think about water. Jamie Linton dives into the history of water as an abstractconcept, stripped of its environmental,... More Info
Disaster looms in our current method of food production. The vitamin, mineral, and nutritional content of food is in shocking decline, a decline that is coupled with an equally shocking increase in the most noxious, often outright toxic contaminants in our food. Based on hard scientific research,... More Info
The author of the best-selling Evidence of Harm presents a dramatic exposé of how some of America's most powerful factory farms and food-production industries are creating a dangerous public health crisis as reflected by the struggles of three stricken families and communities.