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NEW TITLES


Mark Dowie
Conservation Refugees, MIT Press, 2009
- The hundred-year conflict between global conservation and native peoples.
g Q&A

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Anne Becher
American Environmental Leaders, Grey House, 2008
- This reference book profiles 350 environmental leaders for past to present in this book that gives a glimpse into the lives of academics, activists and other pioneers. Recommended for public libraries.
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Jonathon Porritt
Capitalism as if the world matters, Earthscan, 2007, 384 pages, $24.95)
- New material includes in-depth coverage of the politics of climate change, the state of environmental debate and the massive upsurge in religious engagement with climate and the environment.
b Forum for the future

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Carl and Erlet Cater
Marine Ecotourism: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, CABI, 2007 (307 pages, $110.00)
- This book covers economic, marketing, planning and regulation issues and considers the role marine ecotourism plays in raising awareness of the significance of seas and oceans to sustanable coastal livelihoods.
g All hands on deck - Carl and Erlet Cater
g Setting Course - Carl and Erlet Cater
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Leo Hickman
A Good Life: The Guide to Ethical Living, Guardian, 2008
g Q&A with Leo Hickman
b Author website

 

Nick Rosen
How to live off grid, Transworld Publishers, 2007 (357 pages)
- The second edition of a tour of Britain's off-grid communities shows readers how to be self-sufficient in terms of energy.
b Off-grid.net

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Kristin Dow and Thomas Downing
The Atlas of Climate Change, Earthscan, 2006 (112 pages, $19.95)
- This book is Planeta.com readers' choice for 2006 Environment Book of the Year. Climate change changes are in the daily news. This atlas examines the signs -- glacial and polar melting, rising sea levels, erratic weather patterns. The book boasts more than fifty full-color maps.
b Gadling Review

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Suzanne Brecken and John Hay
Tourism and Climate Change, Channel View, 2007 (329 pages, $49.95)
- Brand new!

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Tim Flannery
The Weather Makers, Atlantic Monthly, 2006 (384 pages, $24)
- Climate connects us all. This book explains how we influence the climate by fuel use, water consumption and land development.
b Author website

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Leo Hickman
The Final Call, Guardian Books, 2007 (400 pages, $37.95)
- "In search of the true cost of our holidays"
g Q&A with Leo Hickman
b Q&A with Leo Hickman - Guardian
b What impact do our holidays have on the world?- Leo Hickman/The Guardian
b Author website

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TOP SHELF


Joanna Macy
World as Lover, World as Self, Parallas Press, 1991
- A collection of talks and essays connecting Buddhism and environmentalism. Macy encourages her readers to treat the world as a lover and as an extension of ourselves.
b Author website
b Wikipedia


Robert Bly
News of the Universe, Sierra Club, 1995
- "The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap."


Lane Simonian
Defending the Land of the Jaguar: Natural History of Mexico, University of Texas Press, 1995
- Excellent history of Mexico's environmental consciousness. Kudos to author Lane Simonian for producing the definitive English-language account of Mexican environmental history. Defending the Land of the Jaguar traces the history of conservation and environmentalism in Mexico from the pre-Conquest era to the early 90s. Now available in a Spanish version, La Defensa de la Tierra del Jaguar
g Planeta Review


Mark Bonta
Seven Names for the Bellbird: Conservation Geography in Honduras, Texas A&M University Press, 2003
- Few books document the challenges and merits of including locals in conservation. Bonta, a university professor and former member of the U.S. Peace Corps provides a frank account of biodiversity conservation and birding in of the most mountainous regions of the Americas.
g Excerpt: Conservation Geography in Action

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Joel Simon
Endangered Mexico : An Environment on the Edge, Sierra Club, 1997
- The author examines Mexico's environmental policy from 1990s and covers the topic quite well. This must-read book provides a compelling account of Mexico from the U.S.-Mexico border to the jungles of Chiapas. Mexico City is profiled in the chapter aptly titled "The Sinking City." I just wish the author provided some space to ideas and solutions to the problems he describes.


John McCormick
Reclaiming Paradise, Indiana Unviersity Press, 1989
- A classic work that traces the history of the global environmental movement. Highly recommended!

Paul Brooks
Rachel Carson: The Writer at Work, Sierra Club Books, 1998
- This compelling biography documents the life and work of Rachel Carson. From a government official to a star of the 1960s environmental movement, Rachel Carson is a figure often cited but poorly known. This book sets out to change that perception and includes excerpts from her books as well. A favorite!

J. Timmons Roberts and Nikki Demetria Thanos
Trouble in Paradise: Globalization and Environmental Crises in Latin America, Routledge, 2003

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E.F. Schumacher
Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered: 25 Years Later...With Commentaries, Hartley & Marks; 1999

 

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C. Michael Hall and Tuija Härkönen, Editors
Lake Tourism, Channel View Publications, 2005 (241 pages, $44.95)
- This volume presents a tour of social processes which underpin contemporary travel.

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Barbara Spring
The Dynamic Great Lakes, Baltimore: AmErica House, 2001
- Recommended collection of essays about the Great Lakes, formed by Ice Age glaciers. The author writes: "The Great Lakes system is a treasure. Understanding understanding the dynamics of what we do is essential to these life-giving waters."

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Sim Van Der Ryn and Wendell Berry
The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

 

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ENERGY


Nick Rosen
How to live off grid, Transworld Publishers, 2007 (357 pages)
- The second edition of a tour of Britain's off-grid communities shows readers how to be energy self-sufficient.
g Off-grid.net

 

FAVORITES


Jeremy Garrett
Landscaping for Wildlife, University of Oklahoma Press, 2003

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Julia Wondolleck and Steven Yaffee
Making Collaboration Work, Island Press, 2001
- The authors review a number of efforts in the United States that showcase collaborative efforts to address environmental conflicts. The focus tends toward a top-down approach, implying that agencies lead the way -- which seems less like collaboration and more like institutional management. This is a recommended book, but it could go much further.


Ross Klein
Cruise Ship Blues, New Society Publishers, 2002


David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor, editors
Writing on Air, MIT Press, 2003

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Paulo Coehlo
The Alchemist, HarperSanFrancisco, 1994
- Sweeping magical tale of the pursuit of one's destiny. First published in Portuguese and now available in Spanish. A worthy world bestseller!
g Book Review


Daniel Quinn
The Story of B, Bantam Books, 1996
- A tale combining deep ecology and a political thriller in a thoughtful take on the meaning of civilization, agriculture and humanity.
g Book Review


Alan Weisman
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998
- The author details the creation and evolution of a Colombian village that inspired the world.
g Planeta Review


Joni Adamson
American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism, University of Arizona Press, 2001
- The author's experiences among the Tohono O'odham nation that crosses the Mexico-United States border serves as a critical backdrop to her in-depth examinations of literature, such as Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead and Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. This is a powerful book that focuses attention on the linkages between literature and the envrionment. It's the first to review American Indian literature from the standpoint of environmental justice. By exposing the blind spots in our cultural vision, it does create opportunities for building common ground, or as the author terms, "the middle place" where environmentalists, scholars, writers and teachers can come together to work for social and environmental change.


Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows
Limits to Growth, Chelsea Green, 2004 (338 pages, $22.50)
- A 30th anniversary to the classic text on sustainability. Highly recommended.

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Robert Keller and Michael Turek
American Indians and National Parks, University of Arizona Press, 2001
- One of the most influential books this year, this work examines the relationship of parks and Indian cultures. Remarkably, this story has not been well told -- until now. The authors point out that "one can find thousands of books about American Indians, a considerable body of literature about natural parks, but almost nothing linking the two." The book draws on extensive research and more than 200 interviews with Native Americans, environmentalists, park rangers and politicians.


David Rothenberg and Marta Ulvaeus, Editors
The World and the Wild, University of Arizona Press, 2001
- This anthology is a must-read. Contributions from all over the globe show the importance of wilderness. The editors have succeeded in their mission "to reinvigorate the effort to understand, reveal and save wilderness beyond the usual futile polarities." Thumb through the chapter "The Park of Ten Thousand Waterfalls" to find out how one entreprenuer has created one of the largest parks on the globe -- Chile's Parque Pumalin. Other chapters take on taboo topics, such as "Why conservation in the tropics is failing" or eco legends, such as "Recycled Rain Forest Myths." Highly recommended.


Ron Morton and Carl Cawboy
Talking Rocks, Pfeifer-Hamilton, 2000
- Subtitled "Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region, this book is a fictionalized dialogue between a Native American elder and a geologist. In telling the shared history of the region, the two men discover many commonalties between science and religion. This is a creative and spell-binding tale.

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Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown
Coming Back to Life, New Society Publishers, 1998
- Any book by Joanna Macy is a must-read and this is no exception. Co-written with Molly Young Brown, it is a practical guide for readers concerned for the environment.
g Planeta Review


Chris Balish
How to live well without owning a car, Ten Speed Press, 2006, (216 pages, $12.95)
- Save money, breathe easier.
b Author website

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Leonardo Boff
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, Orbis Books, 1997
- Successful endeavor that connects environmentalism with liberation theology. Earth-based spirituality! Boff questions the Western concepts of development and sustainable development as "all productive forces have been harnessed to draw from the Earth all that it can provide. It has been subjected to a true Procrustean bed." A favorite


Helen Collinson, editor
Green Guerillas: Environmental Conflicts and Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin American Bureau, 1996
- A fine balance of journalists and scholars who have been tracking environmental issues throughout the hemisphere. Dated but recommended.


Mark Dowie
Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century, MIT Press, 1995
- Demonstrates how national and international environmental groups have lost touch with local environmentalists. This book has a good review of NAFTA and politics in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

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Mark Dowie
American Foundations MIT Press, 2001
- The author conducted more than 200 interviews with foundation officers, critics, and grant recipients in addition to extensive research in foundation archives to assess the status of foundations. His assessment that organized philanthropy has been "slow to see problems coming, slow to respond, and quick to justify every decision" is accompanied by a series of suggestions on how to make reforms.

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David Rothenberg and Marta Ulvaeus, editors
The New Earth Reader, MIT Press, 1999
- This anthology gathers 16 of editor David Rothenberg's favorite essays from the first 10 issues of the journal. The book format suits the subject well. The New Earth Reader marks an effort to reconcile the human and natural worlds. The highlights of this collection are Rothenberg's interview with the translator of the Chief Seattle Speech and one of the best essays about the US-Mexico border, "Tune Country" by Charles Bowden.


Margarita Artschwager Kay
Healing with Plants in the American and Mexican West
University of Arizona Press, 1996
- A fine guidebook - in any sense of the word. Which plants are dangerous? Where do they come from? What should we know about borderland biodiversity? Highly recommended.


MORE


Robert Paehlke
America's Environmental Report Card, MIT Press, 2004 (276 pages, $27.95)

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Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore
Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting, Island Press, 2006


Charles Chester
Conservation Across Borders: Biodiversity in an Interdependent World, Island Press, 2006


David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor, editors
Writing the World on Globalization, MIT, 2005 (375 pages, $34.95)
- A Terra Nova Book

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David Harrison and Michael Hitchcock, editors
The Politics of World Heritage, Channel View Publications, 2005 (186 pages, $54.95)
- Subtitled "Negotiating Tourism and Conservation"

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World Watch Institute
State of the World 2006, W.W. Norton, 2005 (272 pages, $18.95)
- This is the latest anthology focusing on current environmental and development issues.

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Jared Diamond
Collapse, Viking, 2005 (575 pages, $29.95)
- What caused some of the great civilizations of the world to collapse ... and what can we learn from their fates? The author weaves a global tale about what happens when we squander our resources and ignore environmental signs. Ambitious in scope, the book is one of the year's must reads.

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Virginia Nararea
Heirloom Seeds and Their Keepers, University of Arizona Press, 2005 (193 pages, $35.00)
- Subtitled "Marginality and Memory in the Conservation of Biological Diversity"

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Joseph Jenkins
The Humanure Handbook, Chelsea Green, 2005 (255 pages, $25.00)
- A guide to composting human manure


Barbara Bosworth
Trees National Champions, MIT Press, 2005, (144 pages, $39.95)
- Panoramic black-and-white photographs document the authors visit to the largest of their species in the United States. The National Register of Big Trees has prompted the development of a society of "big tree hunters" who verify the size of new contenders as well as the passing of old champions.

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David G. Anderson and Eeva K. Berglund, editors
Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege, Berghahn Books, 2003 (1,280 pages $24.98)
- Anthropologists are the target audience for this book, which takes an in-depth look at culturally determined patterns of consumption and conservation.


Virginia Nararea
Heirloom Seeds and Their Keepers, University of Arizona Press, 2005 (193 pages, $35.00)
- Subtitled "Marginality and Memory in the Conservation of Biological Diversity"

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Ricardo Ayerza, Jr. and Wayne Coates
Chia, University of Arizona Press, 2005 (197 pages, $14.95)
- Get back to basics with a food of the ancient Aztecs.

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