New and notable books by subject! Environmentalism

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The Sullivan Library is constantly adding new titles and updated editions of texts to our collection.  In an effort to draw attention to all the great material we have to offer, we are highlighting new book purchases by subject area.

In conjunction with 4th Annual Healthcare Symposium: Is your water safe enough? on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Fury Lecture Hall, check out some of our recently added titles on Environmentalism!

THE LAST DROP: THE POLITICS OF WATER

By Mike Gonzalez

DC Call Number – 363.61 G589L

Indispensable for human existence yet increasingly owned and controlled by private capital; the last decade has witnessed an intensifying battle for water–by 2012 the water industry had become worth a trillion dollars. The argument is that it is both possible and necessary that considerations of equity and social justice prevail in the debates around water. Our water supply needs to be saved from subordination to the whims of the multinationals and placed under direct democratic public control. No one should take for granted what comes out of the kitchen tap.

 

THE BOOM: HOW FRACKING IGNITED THE AMERICAN ENERGY REVOLUTION AND CHANGED THE WORLD

By Russell Gold

DC Call Number – 333.823 G563b

Investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, the author has spent more than a decade reporting on the rise of “fracking,” the process of drilling down into the earth, injecting a high-pressure water mixture directed at rock to release the natural gas inside. The debate between pro and opposition groups has obscured the actual story: Fracking has become a fixture of the American landscape and the global economy. It has started to change geopolitics and global energy markets in profound ways. The book tries to answer the critical question of where the energy will come from to power the world.

SHALE GAS AND FRACKING: THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE CONTROVERSY

By Michael Stephenson

DC Call Number – 333.8233 St48s

The author tries to provide an unbiased report on fracking by using the peer-reviewed evidence and presenting it through a simple narrative. Each chapter focuses on a particular controversy, such as contamination of well water with gas from fracking, earthquakes, radioactivity, and climate change; and concluding with a judgment of the general risks involved.

 

UNNATURAL SELECTION: HOW WE ARE CHANGING LIFE, GENE BY GENE

By Emily Monosson

DC Call Number – 576.542 M755u

Monosson shows how our drugs, pesticides, and pollution are exerting intense selection pressure on all kinds of species, and humans might not like the result. Bugs, bacteria, and weeds—tend to thrive, while bigger, slower-to-reproduce creatures are more likely to succumb. The work suggests how we might lessen the impact: manage pests without creating super bugs; protect individuals from disease without inviting epidemics; and benefit from technology without threatening the health of our children.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING: TOWARD A NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE ACTION

By Per Espen Stoknes

DC Call Number – 155.915 St67w

The author, a psychologist and economist, shows that the more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead. He identifies the five main psychological barriers to climate action, but addresses them with five strategies for how to talk about global warming in a way that creates action and solutions.

 

DEVOTED TO NATURE: THE RELIGIOUS ROOTS OF AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM

By Evan Berry

DC Call Number – 261.88 B459d

Explores the religious underpinnings of American environmentalism, tracing the theological character of American environmental thought from its Romantic foundations to contemporary nature spirituality. During the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, religious sources were central to the formation of the American environmental imagination, shaping ideas about the natural world, establishing practices of engagement with environments and landscapes, and generating new modes of social and political interaction.

ORGANIC STRUGGLE: THE MOVEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES

By Brian K. Obach

DC Call Number – 631.584 Ob1o

In the early 1970s, organic farming was an obscure agricultural practice, associated with the counterculture and hippies. Today, it is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Obach examines the evolution of the organic movement in the United States, and how that movement seeks to transform our system of agriculture.

 

ENERGY REVOLUTION: THE PHYSICS AND THE PROMISE OF EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY

By Mara Goff Prentiss

DC Call Number – 333.793

Energy can be neither created nor destroyed―but it can be wasted. The United States wastes two-thirds of its energy, including 80 percent of the energy used in transportation. So the nation has a tremendous opportunity to develop a sensible energy policy based on benefits and costs. Prentiss presents and interprets political and technical information from government reports and press releases, as well as fundamental scientific laws, to advance a bold claim: wind and solar power could generate 100 percent of the United States’ average total energy demand for the foreseeable future, even without waste reduction. A U.S. conversion to a renewable energy economy would, by itself, significantly reduce the global impact of fossil fuel consumption.

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