Best Environmental Non Fiction Books



If you want to know more about the natural world and all the ins and outs of the debates surrounding it, pick up a book. There’s a lot out there, so we’ve compiled a list of the best. By no means exclusive, this list is meant to be a broad sampling of interesting, diverse green titles.

Happy reading!

The mother of muckraking environmental books about the effects of pollution. Carson’s book received endless criticism from chemical manufacturers and policymakers, before everything she proposed about the danger of pesticides was proven true and their use was finally curtailed or, in the case of DDT, banned.

Book Review: Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert

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Review of the book Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert, the Last Seven Million Years, edited by George T. Jefferson and Lowell Lindsay

With all the concern these days about global warming, one only needs to pick up a book of paleontology to see how radically this planet can change in climate and environment through the ages.

Celebrating and Protecting a Unique Landscape: Baja California Sur

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One of the most beautiful and fragile landscapes in our hemisphere is Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Around 50% of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur is designated as a biosphere reserve or as national parks.

It is a land full of rare, endemic species and home to dozens of migratory birds, and of course, it is an important mating territory for the grey whale.

Today I have the pleasure to present a review of a book called Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur. Oasis of Stone is a book of photography and fascinating essays about the natural history and landscapes of the southern Baja California peninsula of Mexico. It is also a call to action to protect this fragile land.

The essays are by Bruce Berger whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Orion, and Sierra. The photographs are by Miguel Angel de la Cueva, an award-winning photographer and founder of Planeta Peninsula, an organization that works to promote and protect the rich natural and cultural treasures of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

Oasis of Stone is co-published by Sunbelt Publications and Planeta Península.

The book is arranged in four chapters, “Rock that Flows,” “A Stroll through the Thorns,” “Creatures of Mirage,” and “The Newcomer.” The order of the book is very important. This is a journey through a unique land, from its geological formation to the present. During this journey we get a sense of the impermanence of landscapes, and of their fragility.

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Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods

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Here at the Practical Environmentalist, we talk a lot about green building as a way that you as an individual can have a big impact on improving the environment. Turning your home or apartment into a more eco-friendly dwelling can affect various aspects of the environment. For example, effective landscaping can cool your home in the summer, reducing cooling costs. By using alternative eco-friendly and renewable building materials, we can also reduce stress on our forests. Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth Plaster * Straw Bale * Cordwood * Cob * Living Roofs is a book by Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan. It is a great resource for those interesting green building. It is full of illustrations (in full color!) and info on how you can use alternative building materials in your home, office, etc. The book is appropriate for the homeowner, architect, and professional builder.