Green Reads: The Environment

Some of the most recent writings on the environment, these books contain serious reading on urgent topics that increasingly will affect all of us. Some of them also proffer solutions, and impart a sense of wonder about our planet. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Allison, Rachel Hope. I’m Not a Plastic Bag. 2012.
(Adult Graphic Novel 363.7394 A).

Archer, David. The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change. 2010. (363.73874 A).

Barrow, Mark V. Nature’s Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology. 2009. (333.9522 B).

Blackwell, Andrew. Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places. 2012. (363.73 B).

Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World. 2007.
(333.91 B).

Braschler, Mathias. The Human Face of Climate Change. 2011. (779.2 B823.hu).

Brown, Lester Russell. World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. 2011. (363.7 B).

Clover, Charles. The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World and What We Eat. 2006. (333.956137 C).
      Also available: DVD

Danson, Ted. Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them. 2011. (333.95616 D).

Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. 2005. (304.28 D).
      Also available: CD

Dyer, Gwynne. Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats. 2010.
(327.16 D).

Epstein, Paul R. Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens our Health and What We Can Do About It. 2011. (616.988 E).

Fagan, Brian. Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind. 2011. (553.7 F).
      Also available: CD

Fishman, Charles. The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. 2011.
(333.91 F).

Flannery, Tim. The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. 2005. (363.73874 F).
      Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Foster, John Bellamy. The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth. 2010. (333.7 F).

Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America. 2008. (363.70525 F).
      Also available: Large Type, CD

Gerdes, Louise I, ed. Pollution. 2011. (363.73 P).

Goodell, Jeff. Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future. 2006.
(333.822 G).

Goodell, Jeff. How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate. 2010. (551.6 G).

Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. 2006. (363.73874 G).
      Also available: CD, DVD

Gore, Al. Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. 2009. (363.73874 G).
      Also available: CD

Guterl, Fred. The Fate of the Species: Why the Human Race May Cause its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It. 2012. (576.84 G).

Hertsgaard, Mark. Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. 2011. (304.25 H).
      Also available: Large Type

Hilborn, Ray. Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know. 2012. (338.3727 H).

Hohn, Donovan. Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea. 2011.
(551.462 H).

House, Silas. Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal. 2009.
(338.2724 H).

Humes, Edward. Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet. 2009. (363.700922 H).

Iversen, Kristen. Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. 2012. (363.1799 I).

Jones, Van. The Green-Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems. 2008. (363.70973 J).

Juhasz, Antonia. Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill. 2011.
(363.7382 J).

Leutze, Jay Erskine. Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail. 2012. (338.2724 L).

Lord, Nancy. Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North. 2011.
(304.25 L).

Lovins, L. Hunter. Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change. 2011.
(338.927 L).

Lynas, Mark. The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans. 2011.
(304.28 L).

Maxwell, Steve. The Future of Water: A Startling Look Ahead. 2011. (333.91 M).

McGuire, Bill. Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes. 2012. (551.6 M).

McKibben, Bill. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. 2010. (304.2 M).

Mitchell, Alanna. Seasick: Ocean Change and the Extinction of Life on Earth. 2009.
(577.727 M).

Moore, Charles. Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans. 2011. (363.738 M).

Novacek, Michael J. Terra: Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem—and the Threats that Put It At Risk. 2007. (576.84 N).

Parenti, Christian. Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. 2011. (304.25 P).

Pearson, Richard G. Driven to Extinction: The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity. 2011. (577.276 P).

Prud’homme, Alex. The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-first Century. 2011. (333.91 P).

Roberts, Callum. The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea. 2012. (551.46 R).

Robin, Marie-Monique. The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World’s Food Supply. 2010. (338.766 R).

Roman, Joe. Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act. 2011.
(333.9522 R).

Romm, Joseph J. Hell and High Water: Global Warming—the Solution and the Politics—And What We Should Do. 2007. (363.73874 R).

Royte, Elizabeth. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash. 2005.
(363.7285 R).

Safina, Carl. A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. 2010.
(363.7382 S).

Safina, Carl. The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World. 2012.
(508 S).

Stager, Curt. Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth. 2011. (363.700112 S).

Stanford, Craig B. The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime. 2010.
(333.957924 S).

Thomson, Jennifer A. Seeds for the Future: the Impact of Genetically Modified Crops on the Environment. 2007. (631.5233 T).

Ward, Peter Douglas. Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They can Tell Us About our Future. 2007. (577.276 W).

Watts, Jonathan. When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind—Or Destroy It. 2010. (363.700951 W).

Wilber, Tom. Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale. 2012. (333.8233 W).

Wilson, Diane. Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth. 2011. (333.72092 W).

Wohlforth, Charles P. The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth. 2010. (304.209798 W).

Zebrowski, Ernest. Global Climate Change: the Book of Essential Knowledge. 2011.
(551.6 Z).