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The global forest
Par Diana Beresford-Kroeger. 2010
Weaving together ecology, ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, science, and alternative medicine, the author describes trees' untapped ecological and pharmaceutical potential. Beresford-Kroeger…proposes how trees can be planted in urban and rural areas to promote health and counteract pollution and global warming. c2010.
The geography of hope: a tour of the world we need
Par Chris Turner. 2007
To offset the grim predictions of environmentalists, Turner describes solutions already at work around the world, from Canada's largest wind…farm to Asia's greenest building and Europe's most eco-friendly communities. He also seeks out the next generation of political, economic, social, and spiritual institutions that could provide the global foundations for a sustainable future, including the parliament houses of Scandinavia and the villages of southern India, where microcredit finance has remade the social fabric. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.
The final forest: the battle for the last great trees of the Pacific Northwest
Par William Dietrich. 1992
The end of the line: how overfishing is changing the world and what we eat
Par Charles Clover. 2006
Clover describes how fishing with modern technology has nearly destroyed entire ocean ecosystems: New England's fisheries have collapsed, the fish…stocks of West Africa's continental shelf are overexploited, and few cod are left in Newfoundland's Grand Banks. He blames trawlers with huge nets that destroy everything in their wake, celebrity chefs with endangered species on their menus, the European Union, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, and countries like Japan and Spain that persist in illegal fishing. 2006.
The Everglades: river of grass
Par Marjory Stoneman Douglas. 1997
Fiftieth-anniversary edition of the 1947 history and folklore of a North American region that had been viewed as a swampy…"wasteland." This volume includes two new chapters, describing efforts to restore and preserve this valuable source of wildlife and water. c1997.
The energy of slaves: oil and the new servitude
Par Andrew Nikiforuk. 2012
A radical analysis of our master-and-slave relationship to energy and a call for change. Nikiforuk makes a comparison between slavery…and fossil fuels. Like slaveholders, we feel entitled to surplus energy and rationalize inequality, even barbarity, to get it. But endless growth is an illusion, and now that half of the world's oil has been burned, our energy slaves are becoming more expensive by the day. What we need, the author argues, is a radical new emancipation movement. c2012.
The end of the river: dams, drought and déjà vu on the Rio São Francisco
Par Brian J Harvey. 2008
A biologist searches for a solution that will save many fish species from life-threatening dams. His adventures take him from…a fisheries patrol boat on the Fraser River to the great Tsukiji fish market in Japan, with stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and assorted South American countries. Portrays fishermen, fish farmers, and even fish cops in a new light, as well as scientists, shysters, and some very drunk, hairy Brazilian men in thongs. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
The curse of Akkad: climate upheavals that rocked human history
Par Peter Christie. 2008
The world's first empire, Akkad, was toppled 4,000 years ago by a disastrous drought in Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome experienced 18…months of darkness, possibly from a volcanic eruption half a world away, and Mayan society in Mexico began to crumble when fresh water became scarce. Christie explores climate shifts of the past, from ice ages to a World War II El Niño that frustrated the battle plans of Hitler. Grades 4-7. 2008.
The hot topic: what we can do about global warming
Par Gabrielle Walker, D. A King. 2008
A concise guide to both the problems and the solutions of global warming. Guiding us past a blizzard of information…and misinformation, Walker and King explain the science of warming, the most cutting-edge technological solutions from small to large, and the national and international politics that will affect our efforts. They propose specific ideas to fix a very specific problem, and offer hope that we can still do something about it. 2008.
The Greenpeace to Amchitka: an environmental odyssey
Par Robert Hunter. 2004
Eleven landlubbing environmentalists and one old sea captain planned to pilot a small, aging fishing boat across 3,800 kilometres of…the Gulf of Alaska in the middle of storm season to try to stop a hydrogen bomb test - and possibly be incinerated in the process. Launched from Vancouver, the 1971 odyssey failed to stop the bomb but did ignite a world-wide environmental movement. Written by a member of the expedition, the book captures the idealism and hope of the psychedelic '60s, while also telling a sea story, full of the debates and misadventures of the characters on board. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex and violence. 2004.
The down-to-earth guide to global warming
Par Laurie David, Cambria Gordon. 2008
Laurie David educates young listeners about the ecological crisis called Global Warming.The dangers posed are very real, and the planet…may undergo drastic changes within this century. People do, however, have the power to fight back and save the earth, and they can start by listening to this audiobook. Grades 4-7. 2008.
The ecological planet: an introduction to Earth's ecosystems (The modern scholar)
Par John C Kricher. 2008
Wheaton College professor John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides…a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. He also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind. 2008.
The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability
Par Paul Hawken. 1993
Provides a blueprint for a marketplace where businesses and environmentalists work together, showing companies how to redesign and manufacture products…in innovative ways, re-educate customers, and work closely with government toward a profitable, productive, and ecologically sound future. 2005, c1993.
The climate wars
Par Gwynne Dyer. 2008
Dwindling resources, massive population shifts, natural disasters, spreading epidemics. Drought, rising sea levels, plummeting agricultural yields, crashing economies and political…extremism. These are some of the expected consequences of runaway climate change in the decades ahead, and any of them could tip the world towards conflict. 2008.
The carbon rush: The Truth Behind The Carbon Market Smokescreen
Par Amy Miller. 2013
Award-winning documentarian Miller focuses on the real meaning of Carbon trading, where countries can buy and sell anothers' carbon emission…through a system where carbon credits are traded like stocks and bonds. It’s really a zero-sum formula where the amount of carbon-based pollution is not being reduced, only moved by brokers among countries. Credits are then given which are used to bankroll huge industrial operations, many of which are ravaging both the world's poor and their environments, many of which are aboriginal. 2013.
Take action: World Wildlife Fund
Par Jane Drake, Ann Love, Pat Cupples. 1992
Discusses endangered species and endangered spaces such as condors, orchids and rain forests. Includes practical ideas on how to take…action and various programs that some schools have tried. Grades 4-7. 1992.
In its search for oil and gas riches, Alberta is plunging ahead with uncontrolled development of its fossil fuels, levelling…its northern Boreal forest to get at the oil sands, and filling its southern half with tens of thousands of gas wells. In so doing, it is running out of water, destroying its range land, wiping out its forests and wildlife and spewing huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. 2007.
Slick water: fracking and one insider's stand against the world's most powerful industry
Par Andrew Nikiforuk. 2015
When Jessica Ernst’s well water turned into a flammable broth that even her dogs refused to drink, the biologist and…long-time oil patch consultant discovered that energy giant Encana had secretly fracked hundreds of gas wells around her home, piercing her community’s drinking water aquifer. Since then, her ongoing lawsuit against Encana, Alberta Environment, and the Energy Resources Conservation Board has made her a folk hero in many places worldwide where fracking is underway. Winner of the 2016 Alberta Literary Award. 2015.
Stirring it up: how to make money and save the world
Par Gary Hirshberg. 2008
Hirshberg describes how he built a successful $300-million-per-year business by incorporating environmental principles and practices, and how other companies can…accomplish this as well. He maintains that making a business green actually saves companies money in the long run, while boosting consumer loyalty and thus reducing advertising costs. Hirshberg illustrates his points with practical information and advice, as well as anecdotes from the early days of his yogurt company. Included are many examples of other businesses that have saved money by reducing their environmental footprints. 2008.
Stein: the way of the river
Par R. Michael M'Gonigle, Wendy C Wickwire. 1988
"Stein" explores the Stein River watershed in British Columbia. Recording its history, and of the Natives who first lived and…left their ancient art there, it also encompasses the ecological, anthropological, and cultural aspects of the area. The authors discuss the preservation of the Stein from logging, and champion the return to the land by local Natives. 1988.