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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well... (read more)

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
by Naomi Klein
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A landmark achievement by Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything is essential reading on the ways climate change creates opportunities for us to reexamine our entire free market system — and will hopefully provoke us into lasting, significant action.... (read more)

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
by Naomi Klein
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The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global... (read more)

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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With beautiful, luminous prose and incisive reporting, New Yorker Staff Writer Elizabeth Kolbert explores earth's sixth mass extinction. As biodiversity loss continues to accelerate — at the hands of our own species — Kolbert offers a... (read more)

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The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
by Naomi Oreskes
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"Science historians Oreskes and Conway arouse the intellect without inviting the imagination in this soulless treatise. In 2393, a historian of the Second People's Republic of China reviews the 'Penumbral Age' (1988 — 2093), when politicians... (read more)

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Don't Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
Don't Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
by George Marshall
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Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshalls search for the answers brings him face to face... (read more)

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Why Are We Waiting?: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (Lionel Robbins Lectures)
Why Are We Waiting?: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (Lionel Robbins Lectures)
by Nicholas Stern
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The risks of climate change are potentially immense. The benefits of taking action are also clear: we can see that economic development, reduced emissions, and creative adaptation go hand in hand. A committed and strong low-carbon transition could... (read more)

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Storms of My Grandchildren
Storms of My Grandchildren
by James Hansen
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In his Q&A with Bill McKibben featured in the paperback edition of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen, the world's leading climatologist, shows that exactly contrary to the impression the public has received, the science of climate change has... (read more)

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Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future
Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future
by Adam Sobel
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Was Sandy a freak of nature, or the new normal? On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy reached the shores of the northeastern United States to become one of the most destructive storms in history. But was Sandy a freak event, or should we have been better... (read more)

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Field Notes from a Catastrophe
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a refreshingly slim and concise volume, grew out of Elizabeth Kolbert's remarkable series on global warming in the New Yorker. Kolbert spans the globe, from examining ice samples in Greenland to mosquitoes in a lab in... (read more)

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After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene
After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene
by Jedediah Purdy
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Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. The geological strata we are now creating record industrial... (read more)

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Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains
Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains
by Mark Bowen
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“One of the best books yet published on climate change . . . The best compact history of the science of global warming I have read.”Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books The worlds premier climatologist, Lonnie Thompson has been risking... (read more)

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Great Disruption
Great Disruption
by Paul Gilding
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It's time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. Instead, we need to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable; we have come to the end of a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we live beyond... (read more)

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Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming
by Mckenzie Funk
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A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming world McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to... (read more)

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The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-First Century
The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-First Century
by Ronald Bailey
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In the past five decades there have been many, many forecasts of impending environmental doom. They have universally been proven wrong. Meanwhile, those who have bet on human resourcefulness have almost always been correct.   In his widely praised... (read more)

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Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse
Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse
by David Orr
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The Last Letter Having Been Written Within Twenty-Four Hours Of His Receiving A Mortal Wound At The Battle Of Chillianwallah. Also, The Subsequent Letters Of Her Son, Etc.... (read more)

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The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels
The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels
by Brian Fagan
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The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than 700 feet below modern levels. Over the next... (read more)

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Elizabeth Kolbert's environmental classic Field Notes from a Catastrophe first developed out of a groundbreaking, National Magazine Award-winning three-part series in The New Yorker. She expanded it into a still-concise yet richly researched and damning... (read more)

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The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
by William D Nordhaus
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Climate change is profoundly altering our world in ways that pose major risks to human societies and natural systems. We have entered the Climate Casino and are rolling the global-warming dice, warns economist William Nordhaus. But there is still time to... (read more)

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming. In what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, for... (read more)

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