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Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future. By Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich. In this hard-hitting book, world-renowned scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich speak out against the deliberate misstatement of scientific findings designed to support an anti-environmental worldview and political agenda. Issues including overpopulation, depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, and loss of biodiversity have been diminished in the public imagination using pseudoscientific counter evidence, often the output of politically motivated foundations. Examples are methodically refuted. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Better Environmental Decisions. Edited by Ken Sexton et al. Responds to the need for improved environmental decisions by bringing together leading scholars and practitioners to provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the subject. More...

Biologic: Designing With Nature to Protect the Environment. By David Wann. Explains why we must all consider the environmental consequences of our individual and community actions in everything from the simple tasks of our daily lives to the construction techniques of major developments. In addition to thinking logically, we must learn to think biologically. More... | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

Breaking New Ground: A Personal History. By Lester Brown. An inspirational memoir tracing Brown’s life from a small-farm childhood to leadership as a global environmental activist. The Washington Post praised him as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he pieced together the clues that led him to sound the alarm on an impending famine in India, and his urgent warning helped save millions. He went on to found the Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institutes. His book, Who Will Feed China?, led to a broad restructuring of China’s agricultural policy. As Kindle | More…

Building a Sustainable Society. By Lester Brown. A clarion call to a nation just beginning to crawl from under the "oil shock" of the mid 70s. With this cautionary tale as the centerpiece of his story, Brown gives us a not so subtle warning of what is likely to happen to us: Our modern culture is vectored for an untimely and ignominious death similar to that of the Mayans. More…

Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future. By David Wann. Explores a new way of thinking about design, one that asks "What is our ultimate goal?" before the first step has been taken. It shows how designs that begin with such a question - whether in products, buildings, technologies, or communities - are sensitive to living systems, and can potentially accomplish their mission without the seemingly unavoidable side effects of pollution, erosion, congestion, and stress. "Deep designs" meet the criteria of renewability, recyclability, and nontoxicity, and they are easy to understand and implement. As Kindle | More…| David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

Design for a Livable Planet. By Jon Naar. Explains the causes of environmental damage and offers practical steps. Includes sections on wastes, toxics, water quality, air pollution, global warming, deforestation, and renewable energy. More...

The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment. By Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich. Tracing the interplay between environmental change and genetic and cultural evolution since the dawn of humanity, Paul and Anne Ehrlich offer a vivid and unique exploration of our origins, our evolution, and our future. As we clear forests to raise crops, build cities and highways, and create chemicals never before seen, we may be undermining our own supremacy. Humanity can again adapt - if we learn from our evolutionary past. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Earth Policy Reader. By Lester Brown. Award-winning environmental analyst Lester Brown and his colleagues chart progress in building an eco-economy that is compatible with the earth's ecosystem. Bringing together “Eco-Economy Updates” that are distributed worldwide and published in leading newspapers, The Earth Policy Reader monitors the shift from the old economy to the new. It explains why wind-generated electricity is emerging as key to the new post-fossil fuel energy economy as well as why an eco-economy relies heavily on recycling materials already in the system, such as steel and aluminum. As Kindle | More…

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. By Lester Brown. Brown argues that, like the Sumerian and Mayan civilizations, our economy is fast destroying its environmental support systems and threatening future generations. The challenge is to restructure the global economy, replacing our fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new one that is environmentally sustainable. This new economy will be powered not with fossil fuels but with solar and wind energy, and its urban transport systems will be centered not around the automobile but around light rail and the bicycle. As Kindle | More…

Frontiers of Sustainability. By Roger Dower et al. A concrete plan for achieving sustainable development in the United States. A technologically feasible vision of the future in which the unwanted trends we see unfolding now are reversed. More...

Green Plans: Greenprint for Sustainability. By Huey Johnson. Green plans, Johnson explains, are the most effective strategies yet developed for moving from industrial environmental deterioration to postindustrial sustainability. Provides the first detailed and understandable examination of the theory, implementation, and performance of green plans in the Netherlands, Canada, and New Zealand. Plans being considered in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, and the European Community are also discussed. More... | Huey Johnson EcoSpeakers Info >>

The History of Geographic Information Systems. By Timothy Foresman. To understand the power of Geographical Information Systems and Geographical Positioning Systems today, it is essential to understand their background and history, and the needs they were designed to answer. GIS technology is changing the world. This book brings together the pioneers, key scientists and entrepreneurs who created the GIS field. More… | Timothy Foresman EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Least Imperfect Path : A Global Journal for the Future. By John Ivanko. Spanning more than thirty countries, John Ivanko's adventures and experiences are captured in this travelogue. More than just the recounting of a journey, it provides insightful perspectives on a world undergoing both ecological and social change as well as clues for what might lead to a more regenerative, sustainable, and peaceful future. More… | John Ivanko EcoSpeakers Info >>

The National Audubon Society Almanac of the Environment. By Valerie Harms. What we can do to restore and protect the Earth. Includes sections on homes and yards, garbage and recycling, transportation, recreation, public lands, oceans, cultural ecology, and more. More...

Outgrowing The Earth. By Lester Brown. Falling water tables in countries that contain more than half the world's people and rising temperatures worldwide are the leading threats to global security. Water shortages and crop-withering heat waves are shrinking grain harvests, making it difficult for the world's farmers to feed 70 million more people each year. Tightening food supplies could drive up food prices, destabilizing governments in low-income grain-importing countries and disrupting global economic progress. Future security depends on raising water productivity and stabilizing climate and population. More…

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. By Lester Brown. Sustaining our early twenty-first century global civilization now depends on shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Plan B has three components: (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Kindle | More…

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined even a year ago. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun investing in energy sources that can last. Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition and how it will affect our daily lives. As Kindle | More...

The Principles of Sustainability. By Simon Dresner. Can we create a sustainable society? What would that mean? How should we set about doing it? How can we bring about such a profound change in the way things are organized? This text covers the historical development of the concept of sustainability, contemporary debates about how to achieve it, and obstacles and the prospects for overcoming them. As Kindle | More...

Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Substainable Global Economy. By Lester Brown, Christopher Flavin, and Sandra Postel. The authors of the highly acclaimed State of the World series elaborate on their vision of a global economy that does not destroy its own natural support systems. Authoritative yet extremely readable, this book addresses control of energy resources, population, poverty, transportation, taxes, and other issues necessary to create an environmentally sound global economy. More…

Sustainability Indicators: Measuring the Immeasurable. By Simon Bell and Stephen Morse. Examines the origins and development of the Systemic Sustainability Analysis. Also looks at Systemic Prospective Sustainability Analysis (SPSA) and IMAGINE (other indicator assessment tools), and provides an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of sustainable development projects. As Kindle | More...

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift. By Andres R. Edwards. Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex. This book analyzes sustainability in terms of the principles, declarations and intentions that have emerged from conferences and publications, and which serve as guidelines for policy decisions and future activities. As Kindle | More...

The Twenty Ninth Day. By Lester Brown. Covers the major trends that are bringing us ever closer to limits – the growing gap between population and food supply, deforestation, desertification, pollution and its effect on climate, energy, and resource depletion. On each a wealth of data is provided. More…

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.  By Lester Brown. In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, Brown provides the responses needed to reclaim our future. As Kindle | More…

World Without Borders. By Lester Brown. Provides an overview of major world problems and the growing need for peaceful coexistence among all nations. Published by Vintage Books in 1972. More...

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