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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Books on Sustainability
Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Heart of the Planet We Made. By Gaia Vince. 2014. Milkweed, $26 (9781571313577).
Science journalist Vince’s lucid and lively global environmental travelogue introduces readers to a plethora of ecological concerns and extraordinary people working on innovative solutions.
The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. By Russell Gold. 2014. Simon & Schuster, $26 (9781451692280).
Gold presents an engrossing, informative, and urgently needed look at the scientific, environmental, economic, and social aspects of the fracking boom, weighing its benefits and hazards.
Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York. By Ted Steinberg. 2014. Simon & Schuster, $32 (9781476741246).
Steinberg presents a colorful, comprehensive, and altogether astounding environmental history of New York City, with a cautionary eye to the implications of a changing climate.
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. By Diane Ackerman. 2014. Norton, $27.95 (9780393240740).
Ackerman combines delight and lyricism with curiosity, scientific rigor, and environmental concerns in her radiant chronicle of ingenious efforts to alter our destructive exploitation of nature.
The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great and Small and Why They Matter. By Richard Girling. 2014. Counterpoint, $26 (9781619024502).
Girling’s search for the long unseen golden mole leads to a page-turning, thought-provoking, even hopeful inquiry into humankind’s role in the current extinction crisis.
The People’s Republic of Chemicals. By William J. Kelly and Chip Jacobs.
2014. Rare Bird, $24.95 (9781940207254).
In this enjoyably forthright look at why China, with its notorious air pollution, is ground zero for the planet’s future, Kelly and Jacob analyze the world’s made-in-China addiction, policy missteps, and political weakness.
Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the E.P.A. By E. G. Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins. 2014. Bloomsbury, $28 (9781608199143).
Jenkins and Vallianatos tell the excoriating story of the catastrophic collusion between the Environmental Protection Agency and the chemical industry.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. By Naomi Klein.
2014. Simon & Schuster, $30 (9781451697384).
Klein documents with precision and verve the social and environmental decimation wrought by unchecked free-market capitalism, corporate greed, and political corruption.
Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals out of Our Bodies and Our World. By Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith. 2014. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9781250051332).
In the best-selling Slow Death by Rubber Duck (2010), Lourie and Smith presented the shocking facts about our routine exposure to 80,000 synthetic chemicals; here they share their findings on how to avoid and rid ourselves of these toxins.
Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts about How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products. By Stephen Leahy. 2014. illus. Firefly, $35 (9781770854994); paper, $19.95 (9781770852952).
Leahy takes a uniquely clear and direct approach to revealing and quantifying the magnitude of our hidden water profligacy by matching lucid narration with arresting infographics.
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