This year’s awarding of the Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was met with controversy in some circles. Essential to any reasoned discussion of the merits is an actual reading of the IPCC’s report, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis — particularly the .
For perspective on the larger debate over environmental policy, a look at the early clashes over preservation and resource utilization in America can provide insight on the debates that continue to this day. by Robert W. Righter (Oxford University Press, 2005) looks at the social and political conflict that led to the birth of the modern environmental movement and reframed the national conversation in the terms we see today.
Henry David Thoreau’s (WOWIO Books, 2007) is the seminal work that gave a voice to the then-unarticulated tension between the yearning for nature’s simplicity and a modern lifestyle increasingly dissociated from the natural world. by W. Barksdale Maynard (Oxford University Press, 2004) tells the story of the pond itself, from its days as a spiritual retreat for Thoreau and Emerson to today’s role as environmental and cultural icon.
In a nice congruity with the spirit of the subject matter, these books are all in downloadable ebook format. Despite the not-insignificant of running the web and the life-cycle costs of the devices needed to consume the content, digital books are still an enormous compared to the impacts of printed books — some 20 million trees for books sold in the US alone, plus the power and waste by-products associated with their printing, distribution and disposal.
When considering the issues surrounding the environment, what are the titles that influenced you the most?