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August 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Books on the Environment
Public awareness of environmental concerns waxes and wanes, but science and nature writers remained on the case over the last 12 months, reporting on catastrophes overt and slow-brewing as well as efforts to do right by nature and ourselves. —Donna Seaman
Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It. By Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber. 2011. Univ. of California, $29.95 (9780520269095).
Health and environment expert Epstein and science journalist Ferber document the fact that climate change is already causing an epidemic of epidemics.
Drifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River. By Janisse Ray. 2011. Univ. of Georgia, $22.95 (9780820338156).
Nature writer Ray pays homage to the glorious Altamaha River, a place of lush wilderness but also, she warns, of razed forests, decimated fisheries, and declining water quality.
Earth: The Operators’ Manual. By Richard Alley. 2011. Norton, $27.95 (9780393081091).
Alley offers a lively “operating manual” for our planet and a fresh look at how our energy consumption has changed the world.
Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. By Frances Moore Lappé. 2011. Nation, $26 (9781568586830).
Lappé analyzes our failure to respond to environmental problems by identifying “seven thought traps” that sabotage efforts and “six human traits we can count on” to help us “rethink our world.”
The End of Country. By Seamus McGraw. 2011. Random, $26 (9781400068531).
Journalist McGraw presents an impressively detailed, highly engaging look at how the discovery of a rich deposit of natural gas affected a bucolic Pennsylvania town.
A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest. By William deBuys. 2011. Oxford, $27.95 (9780199778928).
Writer and conservationist deBuys takes measure of the worsening water situation in the Southwest and explains why all Americans should be concerned about aridity and climate change.
My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism. By David Gessner. 2011. Milkweed, paper, $15 (9781571313249).
Earthy, funny, and forthright, Gessner formulates his practical “green manifesto” while canoeing on the Charles River with Dan “River Man” Driscoll.
My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver. By Mark D. Hersey. 2011. Univ. of Georgia, $69.95 (9780820330884); paper, $24.95 (9780820338705).
Hersey focuses on Carver’s love of nature, environmentalism, and desire to help poor black farmers make sustainable livings in this unique and invaluable portrait of a seminal yet misunderstood figure.
Poisoned Legacy: The Human Cost of BP’s Rise to Power. By Mike Magner. 2011. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (9780312554941).
Investigative journalist Magner chronicles BP’s disastrous environmental record in his reports on heavily polluted Neodesha, Kansas; the deadly fire at BP’s Texas City Refinery; and the BP Gulf Coast oil disaster.
Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat. By Tanya Denckla Cobb. 2011. Storey, $24.95 (9781603427999).
Cobb discusses ingenious approaches to solving health, social, and environmental issues, including community-supported gardens, urban farming, and the raising of backyard chickens and goats.
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