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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
it was amazing
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
3.84
really liked it
Update, post hurricane Sandy, autumn 2012:

Mark Hertsgaard wrote an essay for The Nation : Hurricane Sandy as Greek Tragedy which provides yet more
...more
Apr 28, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.92
liked it
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
3.64
it was amazing
It's a six-year-old book, but still one that goes into a lot of science that many folks don't want to believe, even when the science is pretty clear. ...more
Jul 02, 2010
Nov 16, 2009
 
The World Without Us
3.79
it was ok
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.

Im
...more
Dec 04, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
 
The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change
3.92
it was amazing
The cartoon treatment makes this critical (or hot!... sorry) but somewhat academic topic more manageable. Those who are have already formed beliefs an ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
 
Forty Signs of Rain (Science in the Capital #1)
3.53
liked it
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
 
Ecotopia
3.60
liked it
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
3.83
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, malar
...more
not set
Jul 27, 2010
 
Above Yosemite
4.08
Supposed to be an excellent coffee table book. Gilliam was the "environment" writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and authored the wonderful Weather ...more
not set
Aug 07, 2010
 
Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California
4.30
liked it
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
 
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
4.25
If I need yet another reminder about why I was supposed to have read this long ago, there's this.
not set
Oct 16, 2015
 
Global Catastrophic Risks
3.89
(This seems unlikely to be the book to answer my questions, but perhaps I'll give it a look-see just in case.)
not set
Jul 06, 2011
 
Ecotopia Emerging
3.75
it was ok
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
 
Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region
4.41
it was amazing
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
not set
Nov 07, 2008
 
Fifty Degrees Below
3.68
it was ok
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
 
Desert Solitaire
4.22
really liked it
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 Home Planet
4.62
really liked it
Coffee table book. Inscribed, 1988, from mother & stepfather.
not set
Feb 27, 2010
 
Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis
4.11
The CBC radio science program Quirks & Quarks broadcast an excellent interview with the author and the scientists she worked with while writing th ...more
not set
Oct 18, 2009
 
Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment
3.55
not set
Jul 04, 2011
 
The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States
4.00
not set
Jul 04, 2011
 
When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
3.92
(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
not set
May 14, 2010
 
American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival
3.88
This book is the focus of a little long-form journalism over at Pacific Standard magazine: Doughtlandia.
not set
May 18, 2016
 
Oak: The Frame of Civilization
3.91
By the author of Dirt — gotta love it.
not set
Apr 15, 2010
 
Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
4.00
'Cause they're makin' it into a movie!: Dirt! The Movie (www.dirtthemovie.org)
not set
Apr 15, 2010
 
Yosemite National Park: A Complete Hiker's Guide
4.14
(Needed to update to a more recent edition.)
not set
Aug 07, 2010
 
What Are People For?
4.25
None
Dec 1994
Jul 04, 2010
 
Streetcar to Subduction and Other Plate Tectonic Trips by Public Transport in San Francisco
4.00
None
not set
Jul 08, 2010
 
Earth Follies: Coming to Feminist Terms with the Global Environmental Crisis
3.89
did not like it
None
not set
Jul 26, 2010
 
One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism
3.96
None
not set
Feb 28, 2010
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