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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
Update: The Wilson Quarterly provides a very nice slideshow of Polyface Farm, in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, which plays a key role in Pollan's exam...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 08, 2008
 
Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
3.88
Update, post hurricane Sandy, autumn 2012:

Mark Hertsgaard wrote an essay for The Nation : Hurricane Sandy as Greek Tragedy which provides yet more e...more
Apr 28, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.90
Although I only gave this book three stars, I can recommend it a little bit over that. I found it interesting, but not quite as compelling as I might...more
Jul 03, 2011
Nov 06, 2009
 
Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly
3.59
Late breaking addition: Want to read the micro-version of this book? Check out the editorial, Math Lessons for Locavores in the New York Times, August...more
Jul 02, 2010
Nov 16, 2009
 
Ecotopia
3.59
Read this soooo long ago.

Good points I recall: the author presents an intriguing list of social, economic, environmental and technological changes tha...more
Jan 1982
Nov 22, 2010
 
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
3.74
The New York Times reviewed The Fever on July 26, 2010, in Drama! Intrigue! A Mystery? No, Malaria’s Story .

With global warming climate change, malari...more
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Jul 27, 2010
 
Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California
4.50
Stumbled on a visit from the author to the SFPL, and was quite impressed by the prose. A tiny bit disappointed that he read from the mountain lion-Big...more
Nov 15, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
 
The World Without Us
3.79
The conception of this book was brilliant, but while writing the author—or at least his editor—should have realized that the execution was muddled.

Ima...more
Dec 04, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
 
Ecotopia Emerging
3.74
Partner book to his "Ecotopica". Better in some ways, but mostly more-of-the-same in too many ways. Daydream fulfillment to such an implausible extent...more
Jan 1982
Nov 22, 2010
 
Above Yosemite
4.14
Supposed to be an excellent coffee table book. Gilliam was the "environment" writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and authored the wonderful Weather...more
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Aug 07, 2010
 
Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region
4.46
This slim book is required reading for anyone who lives in or loves San Francisco. It is also highly recommended for anyone who lives in the region af...more
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Nov 07, 2008
 
Fifty Degrees Below
3.65
I have a lot of respect for Kim Stanley Robinson the massive information dumps he produces. But affection? Not so much. I think his Mars trilogy was t...more
Jan 18, 2011
Oct 31, 2010
 
Forty Signs of Rain (Science in the Capital, #1)
3.49
Apropos whilst reading a book on climate change, the New York Times just published a fairly in-depth article on investigations of sea level rise. The...more
Nov 21, 2010
Oct 18, 2009
 
Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis
4.01
The CBC radio science program Quirks & Quarks broadcast an excellent interview with the author and the scientists she worked with while writing th...more
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Oct 18, 2009
 
Desert Solitaire
4.24
This one is beautifully poetic, but Abbey shows his true misanthropic colors in The Monkey Wrench Gang — his years of solitude in the desert might hav...more
Dec 1994
Jul 04, 2010
 
The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States
4.00
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Jul 04, 2011
 
Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment
3.56
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Jul 04, 2011
 
When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
3.91
(Potential read for a book club which, thankfully, doesn't want to meet in the middle of a sunny weekend, when any sensible person is hiking, sailing,...more
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May 14, 2010
 
Oak: The Frame of Civilization
3.93
By the author of Dirt — gotta love it.
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Apr 15, 2010
 
Global Catastrophic Risks
3.56
(This seems unlikely to be the book to answer my questions, but perhaps I'll give it a look-see just in case.)
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Jul 06, 2011
 
The Home Planet
4.60
Coffee table book. Inscribed, 1988, from mother & stepfather.
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Feb 27, 2010
 
Yosemite National Park: A Complete Hikers Guide
4.00
(Needed to update to a more recent edition.)
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Aug 07, 2010
 
Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
4.12
'Cause they're makin' it into a movie!: Dirt! The Movie (www.dirtthemovie.org)
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Apr 15, 2010
 
One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism
3.96
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Feb 28, 2010
 
The International Political Economy of the Environment: Critical Perspectives (International Political Economy Yearbook, Vol. 12)
0.00
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Feb 28, 2010
 
What Are People For?
4.23
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Dec 1994
Jul 04, 2010
 
Trade And Environment: Conflict Or Compatibility?
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Streetcar to Subduction and Other Plate Tectonic Trips by Public Transport in San Francisco
4.00
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Jul 08, 2010
 
Earth Follies: Coming to Feminist Terms with the Global Environmental Crisis
3.40
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Jul 26, 2010
 
Eco Restructuring: Implications For Sustainable Development
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Feb 28, 2010
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