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An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

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Bayou Farewell: the Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell

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The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a quickly Changing Planet by David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor (signed copy donated by Susan and Tom O'Connor)

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Carbon Strategies: How Leading Companies Are Reducing Their Climate Change Footprint by Andrew J. Hoffman

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Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

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Earth in the Balance by Al Gore.

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Filling the Gaps: Environmental Protection Options for Local Governments by Katherine A. Ardizone & Mark A. Wyckoff


GAIA: An Atlas of Planet Management General Editor, Dr. Norman Myers

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Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers

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Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Review by Chris Blauvelt:

Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder is a reminder of how much the digital age has changed the way our youth interact, or don't interact, with the world around them. As an eighties baby, the book brought back memories of my Calvin-and-Hobbes-like adventures in the creek behind my house or my grandparents' farm - and put that in stark contrast with the sadly disconnected state of kids today with nature. The book is full of examples, perhaps too many, as I felt the book became repetitive after the initial 50 pages but still worth a glance.

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Lawn Wars: The Struggle For A New Lawn Ethicby Lois B. Robbins

Our Common Journey.gif Our Common Journey: A Transition Toward Sustainability a report from the Board on Sustainable Development Policy Division National Research Council


Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble by Lester Brown. (2 lending copies)
President of the Earth Policy Institute, Lester Brown begins by describing the devastation to our planet wrought by years of industrialization and a "throw-away" economy. In the second part of the book, he details many sustainable solutions and even how they might be funded.

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Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel

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A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The classic that launched the environmental movement.

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The Forest Unseen by David George Haskill.

Review by Peggy Brennan

This is the story of a biologist from the University of the South in Tennessee who spends some time each week in a mandala, a 12'x12' piece of old-growth forest, near to his university, mostly just observing. Each short chapter deals with a different aspect of the living community in the mandala, whether it be plant or animal life. This story would not work if the author didn't have such a rich background in the sciences or such a gift with words. Somehow he was able to transport me to this small world and make it utterly fascinating, week after week. I learned how plants and trees prepare themselves for the winter, why vultures are the purifiers of the forest, what forms of life live underground, why forests are saving us from the full-out effects of climate change, and the evolutionary kinship we humans have with the forest. A peaceful read, and an enlightening book.

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The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin

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The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery

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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman