Topic: "Environment"

The accumulated knowledge of our planet and its inhabitants. Information in this area highlights biology and the relationships between all life and ecological systems. Content also focuses on climate change, pollution, natural resources, and the concept of sustainability.

The Future of Life

The Future of Life

Edward O. Wilson Knopf; 1 edition (January 8, 2002) Amazon.com Book Description: From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue. Today we [...]

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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we’ve waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already […]

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Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by Donella H. Meadows
In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth–the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet– Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of [...]

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Jaw-Dropping: James Balog’s Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss

Jaw-Dropping: James Balog’s Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss

This is one of the most vivid and stunning displays of climate change produced by TED, where the images do all the talking. Watch a series of time-lapse images captured by a photographer displaying alarmingly accelerating glacial decay, from monumental glaciers all around the world.

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The Cononundrum

The Cononundrum

The Conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency and the real path to sustainability.

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Vote on the First New Earth Archive Booklist!

Vote on the First New Earth Archive Booklist!

Developed by students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and supported by Paul Hawken and other leading public environmental figures, the New Earth Archive is a resource network of powerful, inspiring books on climate change, sustainability, social justice, and human nature. You can contribute your ideas for books that will help students change the world by voting on this year’s booklist.

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The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans

The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans

by Mark Lynas
We humans are the God species, both the creators and destroyers of life on this planet. As we enter a new geological era – the Anthropocene – our collective power now overwhelms and dominates the major forces of nature. But from the [...]

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The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Transition Guides)

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Transition Guides)

by Rob Hopkins and Richard Heinberg
We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil […]

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Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

by Lester Brown
“[Brown’s] ability to make a complicated subject accessible to the general reader is remarkable.”—Katherine Salant,Washington Post
As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow [...]

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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

by Steven Johnson
“This book is about the mystery of why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts.Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent [...]

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Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means

by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
A cocktail party. A terrorist cell. Ancient bacteria. An international conglomerate. All are networks, and all are a part of a surprising scientific revolution. Albert-László Barabási, the nation’s foremost expert in the […]

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The Plundered Planet: Why We Must – and How We Can – Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must – and How We Can – Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

by Paul Collier
Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion was greeted as groundbreaking when it appeared in 2007, winning the Estoril Distinguished Book Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. The Economist wrote that it was “set to […]

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Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity

James C. Hansen. In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen—the nation’s leading scientist on climate issues—speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly […]

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The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

by James Lovelock
Celebrities drive hybrids, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize, and supermarkets carry no end of so-called “green” products. And yet the environmental crisis is only getting worse. In The Vanishing Face of Gaia, the eminent scientist James Lovelock argues that the earth is lurching [...]

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Whole Earth Discipline: an Ecopragmatist Manifesto

Whole Earth Discipline: an Ecopragmatist Manifesto

Stewart Brand
According to Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization-half the […]

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