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.
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4.11 avg rating — 29,843 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 52,183 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 18,060 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 90,476 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 69,853 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 8,549 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 9,367 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 7,420 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 1,371 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 16,765 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 6,142 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 188,925 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 4,899 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 314 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 38,102 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 12,000 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 7,543 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 5,682 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 418 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 724 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 2,330 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 2,109 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 1,604 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 2,028 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 1,767 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 1,254 ratings
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3.30 avg rating — 351 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 14,643 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 2,723 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 426 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 3,520 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 168 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 2,782 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 1,628 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 862 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 1,676 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 622 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 509 ratings
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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 Rodning 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 Ashley (new)

Ashley I think this list should be either fiction or nonfiction, not both. Any thoughts?


message 5: 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 6: by Ashley (new)

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

I agree.


message 7: 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


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