The Conundrum

Riverhead Books - Hybrid cars, fast trains, compact florescent light bulbs, solar panels, carbon offsets: Everything you've been told about living green is wrong. We have little trouble turning increases in efficiency into increases in consumption. David owen's the conundrum is an elegant nonfiction narrative filled with fascinating information and anecdotes takes you through the history of energy and the quest for efficiency.

We are consumers, and we like to consume green and efficiently. This is a book about the environment that will change how you look at the world. But david owen argues that our best intentions are still at cross purposes to our true goal - living sustainably and caring for our environment and the future of the planet.

The Conundrum - Efforts to improve efficiency and increase sustainable development only exacerbate the problems they are meant to solve, more than negating the environmental gains. We already have the technology and knowledge we need to live sustainably. Efficiency, once considered the holy grail of our environmental problems, turns out to be part of the problem.

The quest for a breakthrough battery or a 100 mpg car are dangerous fantasies. Look out for david Owen's next book, Where the Water Goes. The conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency and the real path to sustainability. We should not be waiting for some geniuses to invent our way out of the energy and economic crisis we're in.

The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future

Greystone Books - All it takes is imagination and a determination to live within our, and the planet's, means. In his living memory, suzuki has witnessed cataclysmic changes in society and our relationship with the planet: the doubling of the world’s population, our increased ecological footprint, and massive technological growth.

Today we are in a state of crisis, and we must join together to respond to that crisis. If we do so, suzuki envisions a future in which we understand that we are the Earth and live accordingly. In this expanded version of an inspiring speech delivered in December 2009, David Suzuki reflects on how we got where we are today and presents his vision for a better future.

The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future - This book is the culmination of David Suzuki’s amazing life and all of his knowledge, experience, and passion — it is his legacy.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Henry Holt and Co. - This time around, the cataclysm is us. In the sixth extinction, two-time winner of the national magazine award and new yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.

Through these stories, kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. She introduces us to a dozen species, others facing extinction, staghorn coral, the great auk, including the Panamian golden frog, some already gone, and the Sumatran rhino.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - . Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

One of the new york times book review's 10 best books of the yeara major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Penguin Books - Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. One of the new york times book review's ten best books of the year winner of the james beard award author of how to change your mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food RulesWhat should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and,  his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species.

In the years since, pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Ten years later, perils,  the omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, and pleasures of eating.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Penguin Books - These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis.

Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope. Per espen stoknes, author,  what we think about when we try not to Think About Global Warming “There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming - One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom. David roberts,  vox“this is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.

Peter kareiva, director of the institute of the environment and Sustainability, an international coalition of researchers, UCLAIn the face of widespread fear and apathy, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air.

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

Riverhead Books - He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, ghost towns, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, and RV parks, to the spot near the U. S. Mexico border where the river runs dry. Water problems in the western united states can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, cut down the almond trees, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, and kill all the lawyers.

But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on. The story owen tells in where the water goes is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert —and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails.

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River - . An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes. The colorado river is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

W. W. Norton & Company - Finalist for the 2011 pulitzer prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind. Michael agger, slate“is google making us stupid?” when Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us.

The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways. Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence.

We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, contemplation, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, and reflection. Part intellectual history, sigmund freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive—even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains - Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image.

Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society

Cambridge University Press - He predicts that smartphones will be used to commodify excess capacity, and reaches the controversial conclusion that a basic income will be required as a consequence of this new 'transaction costs revolution'. Munger brings these new trends in the economy down to earth by focusing on their relation to the fundamental economic concept of transaction costs.

He shows how, for the first time, entrepreneurs can sell reductions in transaction costs, rather than reductions in the costs of the products themselves. Michael C. With the growing popularity of apps such as Uber and Airbnb, there has been a keen interest in the rise of the sharing economy. In doing so munger brings a fresh perspective on the 'sharing economy' in clear and engaging writing that is accessible to both general and specialist readers.

Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy

Harvard Business Review Press - They argue that if managers seriously want to develop effective strategies for competing in the new economy, they must understand the fundamental economics of information technology. The first book to distill the economics of information and networks into practical business strategies, Information Rules is a guide to the winning moves that can help business leaders navigate successfully through the tough decisions of the information economy.

In information rules, authors shapiro and Varian reveal that many classic economic concepts can provide the insight and understanding necessary to succeed in the information age. Whether information takes the form of software code or recorded music, managers must know how to evaluate the consequences of pricing, or even posted on a website, and planning new versions of information products, is published in a book or magazine, protecting, services, and systems.

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Tim Duggan Books - The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet. Farhad manjoo,  the New York Times“Riveting. In his travelogue of our near future, david Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe.

You should be, too. The economist. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, as soon as the end of this century.

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming - And they are coming fast. This is only a preview of the changes to come. 1 new york times bestseller • “the uninhabitable earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon. Andrew solomon, author of The Noonday DemonIt is worse, much worse, than you think.

. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation. Praise for the uninhabitable Earth“The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read.

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Princeton University Press - But spans of hundreds of years—the time a molecule of carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere—approach the limits of our comprehension. Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future.

Marcia bjornerud shows how geologists chart the planet’s past, explaining how we can determine the pace of solid Earth processes such as mountain building and erosion and comparing them with the more unstable rhythms of the oceans and atmosphere. The lifespan of earth may seem unfathomable compared to the brevity of human existence, but this view of time denies our deep roots in Earth’s history—and the magnitude of our effects on the planet.

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World - . The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth’s atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. These overlapping rates of change in the Earth system—some fast, some slow—demand a poly-temporal worldview, one that Bjornerud calls “timefulness. She explains why timefulness is vital in the Anthropocene, this human epoch of accelerating planetary change, and proposes sensible solutions for building a more time-literate society.

This compelling book presents a new way of thinking about our place in time, enabling us to make decisions on multigenerational timescales. Why an awareness of earth’s temporal rhythms is critical to our planetary survivalFew of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves.

Our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations.