Books & Podcasts

A note about our selections:
We find the following items to be insightful, timely, and worthy of discussion. We have no agenda in listing them other than to foster learning, broaden perspectives, and spark discussion.


Silent Spring  by Rachel Carson (1962)

The World Without Us  by Alan Weisman (2007)

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America  by Thomas Friedman (2008)

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet  by Bill McKibben (2010)

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed  by Jared Diamond (2004)

Coal River  by Michael Shnayerson (2008)

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It  by Al Gore (2006)

The Monkey Wrench Gang  by Edward Abbey (1975)

The Lorax  by Dr. Seuss (1971)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan (2006)

Flight Behavior  by Barbara Kingslover (2012)

The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth  by Tim Flannery (2001)

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water  by Marc Reisner (1986)

A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River  by Aldo Leopold (1949)

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash  by Edward Humes (2012)

The Elephant Whisperer  by Lawrence Anthony (2009)

The Greenlanders  by Jane Smiley (1988)

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations  by David R. Montgomery (2007)

Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning  by George Monbiot (2006)

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health—and a Vision for Change  by Annie Leonard (2010)

A Civil Action  by Jonathan Harr (1995)

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things  by William McDonough (2002)

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff  by Fred Pearce (2008)


Environmental Politics and Law (free, video)
by John Wargo, Yale University
Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Law will be examined through case histories including: environmental effects of national security, pesticides, air pollution, consumer products, plastics, parks and protected area management, land use, urban growth and sprawl, public/private transit, drinking water standards, food safety, and hazardous site restoration. In each case we will review the structure of law and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

Environment Podcasts
by National Public Radio (NPR)
Environmental science and reporting on issues from Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other award-winning NPR programs.

Intro to Environmental Science
by The Ohio State University
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field of research that focuses on the physical and biological surroundings in which all living organisms exist.  It relies on a range of sciences including anthropology, biology, chemistry, climatology, ecology, engineering, geography, geology and physics.  One of the main objectives of this class is to understand the science behind the processes and principles that govern our natural environment. 

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A group of trusty Wikipedia editors have also done a lot of work compiling a thorough list of books on environmental issues.  Learn more →

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