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Best Environmental Books

Contemporary fiction or non-fiction, how-to guides to green living, ecology tracts from the tree-hugging '70s, and those seminal works that chronicled the first stirrings of the conservation ethic.

See also:
Cli Fi Climate Change Fiction
Best Fiction Books about the Environment and Sustainability
Best Climate Change Books
Consequences of Climate Change
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

The biggest problem is there are TOO MANY PEOPLE! What we need is a big plague like the 1918 flu to come around again. How else is the earth going to save itself from too many people?


message 2: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten deleted user wrote: "The biggest problem is there are TOO MANY PEOPLE! What we need is a big plague like the 1918 flu to come around again. How else is the earth going to save itself from too many people? " While this is true, it's also a hard philosophy to actually think about. Would you sacrifice yourself in this hypothetical human apocalypse?


message 3: by Marta (new)

Marta Zaraska Interesting list, although I wouldn't call some of the books here "environmental" - for example, "The Hot Zone" - very good book, but not really a "green" type of book (it's about the Ebola and Marburg viruses)


message 4: by Rosa (new)

Rosa I think if a book has a really strong message about the importance of protecting the earth, it should be on this list.


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Galli deleted user wrote: "The biggest problem is there are TOO MANY PEOPLE! What we need is a big plague like the 1918 flu to come around again. How else is the earth going to save itself from too many people? "
Global warming a sure solution...
for instant nirvana I'll let you borrow a 1911 & one cartridge


message 6: by William (new)

William Are you volunteering?


message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve Lawless deleted user wrote: "The biggest problem is there are TOO MANY PEOPLE! What we need is a big plague like the 1918 flu to come around again. How else is the earth going to save itself from too many people? "
A common myth. Compare the carbon footprint of the average American with that of someone living in Egypt. Countries with the lowest birth rate have 20 times the carbon footprint of those in the underdeveloped world.


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