Understanding Sustainability

Sustainability References



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Abbey, Edward. 1968. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. McGraw-Hill, New York. [excerpt] [review (PDF)]

Anthes, Emily. 2013. Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts. Oneworld, London. [author interview]

Arrighi, Giovanni. 2010 (First in 1994). The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times. Verso, London. [review article by John Gulick (PDF)] [author interview (PDF)] [related China Study blog with John Gulick]

Berry, Wendell. 1990. What Are People for? North Point Press, New York.

Berry, Wendell. 2010. What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth. Counterpoint, Berkeley. 

Blue, Elly. 2013. Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy. Microcosm Publishing, Portland. [summary

Brown, Lester R. 2009b. Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Norton, New York. [previously published as Plan B in 2003, Plan B 2.0 in 2006, and Plan B 3.0 in 2008] [author interview] [related video]

Brown, Lester R. 2012. Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. Norton, New York. [summary (PDF)] [news story with video]

Callenbach, Ernest. 1975. Ecotopia. Banyan Tree Books, Berkeley. (Published in 1990 by Bantam, New York. [wiki summary] [Author interview] ["From Ecotopia to Solartopi: A Visionary Conversation", Callenbach talks with Solartopia author, Harvey Wasserman

Capra, Fritjof. 2002. The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability. Doubleday, New York.

Carson, Rachel. 1962. Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. [related essay]

Catton, William R., Jr. 1980. Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. University of Illinois Press, Champagne/Urbana. [excerpt: "Industrialization: Prelude to Collapse"] [review]

Chivian, Eric and Aaron Bernstein (eds.). 2008. Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. Oxford University Press, New York. [summary (PDF)] [related video lecture by E. Chivian]

Cockrall-King, Jennifer. 2012. Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution. Prometheus Books, New York. 

Colborn, Theo, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peter Meyers. 1996. Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival? Dutton Publishing, New York. [related website]

Collier, Paul. 2008. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and what Can Be Done about it. Oxford University Press, New York. [review in The New York Times] [review in The Guardian] [Collier presenation on TedTalks]

Czech, Brian. 2000. Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop them All. University of California Press, Berkeley. [excerpt] [review]

Czech, Brian. 2013. Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, British Columbia. [review at Resilience.org]

Davidson, Eric A. 2001. You can't Eat GNP: Economics as if Ecology Mattered. Perseus, Cambridge, Massachusetts. [review by Robert Costanza]

Davis, Mike. 2007. Planet of Slums. Verso, London. [review]

Diamond, Jared M. 2005. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. Viking Press, New York. [excerpts from EcoBooks] [review by Joseph Stiglitz (in doc format)] [review by William Rees in Nature] [review by Jonathon Porritt in The Guardian] [review by David Leary, Macquarie University (in PDF)] [review by Michael Kavanagh in Grist] [review by Scott Page (PDF)] [review by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker] [Diamond on TED Talks]

Dietz, Rob and Dan O’Neill. 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco. [excerpt] [related video] [related video]

Ehrenfeld, John R. 2009. Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture. Yale University Press, New Haven. [summary and reviews] [preview]

Ehrenfeld, John R. and Andrew J. Hoffman. 2013. Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability. Stanford Business Books, Stanford. 

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. 1996. Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [review by Mike Hudak]

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. 2004. One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [video lecture by P. Ehrlich]

Forrester, Jay W. 1971. World Dynamics. Wright Allen Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. [Expanded 2nd edition published in 1973]

Graaf, John de, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor. 2001. Affluenza: The All-consuming Epidemic. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco. [review] [video 1] [video 2]

Hall, Charles A.S. and Kent Klitgaard. 2011. Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy. Springer, New York. [review 1] [review 2 (PDF)] [webinar] [video]

Hamilton, Clive. 2010. Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change. Earthscan, New York. [excerpt in The Guardian] [extract in Geographical] [review 1] [review 2] [Wikipedia summary]

Hansen, James E. 2009Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. Bloomsbury U.S.A., New York. [review]

Hawken, Paul, Amory B. Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins 2005. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. Rocky Mountain Institute, Snowmass, Colorado.

Hawken, Paul. 2008. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability. Collins, New York. [review]

Hecht, Susanna B. 2013. The Scramble for the Amazon and the "Lost Paradise" of Euclides da Cunha. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. [review by Robert Mayhew]

Heinberg, Richard and Daniel Lerch (eds.). 2010. The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises. Watershed Media, Healdsburg, California. [various chapters]

Heinberg, Richard. 2013. Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.  Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, California. [brief review in Permaculture] [video lecture by Heinberg]

Homer-Dixon, Thomas. 2006. The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [review 1 by Jennifer Rohleder(PDF)] [review 2]

Hughes, J. David. 2013. Drill, Baby, Drill: Can Unconventional Fuels Usher in a New Era of Energy Abundance? Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, California. [video 1] [video 2] [slide presentation] [news story]

Juniper, Tony. 2013. What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?: How Money Really Does Grow On Trees. Profile Books, London. [author interview]

Korten, David C. 2001. When Corporations Rule the World, 2nd Edition. Kumarian Press, Bloomfield, Connecticut. [excerpts - For the Love of Money and The Betrayal of Adam Smith]

Korten, David C. 2009. Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco. [long excerpt on Scribd]  [short excerpt in Yes]  [excerpt on System Failures in Yes]  [related article by the author]

Kuhn, Thomas S. 1962. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. [wikipedia summary] [summary] [chapter 3: "The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions"] [guide by Malcom Forster]

Lappé, Frances Moore. 1971 (1991). Diet for a Small Planet. Ballantine, New York. [wikipedia review]

Lappé, Frances Moore. 2011. EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. Nation Books, New York. [related article by author]

Leakey, Richard E. and Roger Lewin. 1995. The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Mankind. Doubleday, New York. [Chapter 13] [review]

Leopold, Aldo (Edited by J. Baird Callicott and Eric T. Freyfogle). 1999. For the Health of the Land: Previously Unpublished Essays and other Writings. Island Press, Washington, D.C. 

Leopold, Aldo. 1949. A Sand County Almanac. Oxford University Press, New York. [discussion guide (PDF)] [excerpts

Levin, Simon. 2000. Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons. Perseus, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lovins, L. Hunter and Boyd Cohen. 2011. Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change. Hill and Wang, New York. [video interview] [review by Gail Whiteman in Nature]

Lyon, Sarah. 2010. Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair-Trade Markets. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. [Introduction (PDF)] [review]

Mann, Michael E. 2012. The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. Columbia University Press, New York. [related Ted Talk] [related Op-Ed]

Mann, Michael E. and Lee R. Kump. 2008. Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming: The Illustrated Guide to the Findings of the IPCC. DK Publishing, New York. [related paper by Mann (PDF)]

McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. North Point Press, New York.

McHarg, Ian L. and F.R. Steiner (eds.). 1998. To Heal the Earth. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

McKibben, Bill. 2010. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Times Books, New York. [podcast interview from Scientific American]

Meadows, Donella H., Jorgen Randers, and Dennis L. Meadows. 2004. Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. Chelsea Green, White River Junction, Vermont. [synopsis (PDF)] [graphics video]

Moss, Michael. 2013. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Random House, New York. [short video on cheese] [interview video] [review] [excerpt on Coke] [news story] [NPR interview podcast including Melanie Warner author of Pandora's Lunchbox]

Myers, Norman and Jennifer Kent. 2001. Perverse Subsidies: How Misused Tax Dollars Harm the Environment and the Economy. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [related paper by Myers (PDF)[related brief by Myers]

Myers, Norman. 1992. The Primary Source: Tropical Forests and Our Future. Norton, New York. [excerpt on medicines from tropical forests]

Nestle, Marion. 2007. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles.

Norton, Bryan G. 2005. Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management. University Of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Oreskes, Naomi and Erik M. Conway. 2010. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury Press, New York. [review 1] [review 2] [video by author]

Orr, David W. 1992. Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World. State University of New York Press, Albany.  [related video]

Orr, David W. 2004. Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, Revised Edition. Island Press, Washington, D.C. (First published in 1994.) [abstract] [review by S. Meredith]

Orr, David W. 2009. Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse. Oxford University Press, Oxford. [excerpt] [author interview from Metro-Cleveland.com]  [author interview by Yale Environment 360]  [author interview video by Jim Manzi]   [reviews in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy with a rejoinder by Orr (PDF)]

Parker , Geoffrey 2013. Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. Yale University Press, New Haven. 

Patel, Raj. 2008. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Melville House, Brooklyn. [excerpt] [video interview on Democracy Now] [author video presentation]

Pfeiffer, Dale Allen. 2006. Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, British Columbia. [related paper by Author] [review]

Pimm, Stuart L. 2001. The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth. McGraw-Hill, New York. [PDF]

Pollan, Michael. 2002. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. Random House, New York. [related Ted Talk video by author]

Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Penguin, New York. [wikipedia review/summary] [Author interview] [related video presentation by author]

Pollan, Michael. 2008. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Penguin Press, New York. [PDF] [related video presentation by author]

Quinn, Daniel. 1995. Ishmael. Bantam Books, New York. [wiki summary]

Quinn, Daniel. 1999. Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure. Three Rivers Press, New York. [excerpts] [wiki summary] [review (PDF)]

Redclift, Michael. 1987. Sustainable Development: Exploring the Contradictions. Methuen, New York.

Rees, William E., Mathis Wackernagel, and Phil Testemale. 1996. Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

Reisner, Marc. 1993. Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water. Penguin Books, New York. [related research news from Arizona State University]

Revkin, Andrew C. 1990. The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

Rifkin, Jeremy. 2009. The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis. Penguin, New York. [wikipedia summary and review] [author interview]

Rifkin, Jeremy. 2011. The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. [excerpt] [author interview

Rockström, Johan and Mattias Klum. 2012. The Human Quest: Prospering within Planetary Boundaries. Princeton University Press, Princeton. [review] [trailer video] [Rockström video from Ted Talks

Royte, Elizabeth. 2006. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash. Back Bay Books, New York. [short video] [interview podcast from NPR] [excerpt] [review by Neil Genzlinger] [review by William Grimes] [brief excerpts (PDF)]

Schlosser, Eric. 2002. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Harper Perennial, New York. [wiki summary] [excerpts]

Schmidt, Gavin and Joshua Wolfe. 2009. Climate Change: Picturing the Science. W.W. Norton, New York.

Shell, Ellen Ruppel. 2009. Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. Penguin, New York. [review] [excerpt and podcast interview on NPR] [video presentation on BookTV] [five part roundtable debate]

Shepard, Paul. 1998. Coming Home to the Pleistocene. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Speth, James Gustave. 2004. Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment. Yale University Press, New Haven. [author discussion]

Speth, James Gustave. 2008. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. Yale University Press, New Haven. [reviews

Speth, James Gustave. 2012. America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy. Yale University Press, New Haven. [Related essay by author in Orion, part 1] [Essay by author in Orion, part 2] [review] [Preface] [podcast interview]

Steingraber, Sandra. 1998. Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment. Vintage Books, New York. [related website with videos]

Suzuki, David and Ian Hanington. 2012. Everything Under the Sun: Toward a Brighter Future on a Small Blue Planet. Greystone Books, Vancouver. [author interview]

Tercek, Mark R. and Jonathan S. Adams. 2013. Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Basic Books, New York. [review]

Turner, B.L., W.C. Clark, R.W. Kates, J.F. Richards, J.T. Mathews, and W.B. Meyer. 1990. The Earth as Transformed by Human Action: Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 Years. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K. [Summation (PDF)

Varki, Ajit and Danny Brower. 2013. Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind. Hachette Book Group, New York. [summary]

von Weizsäcker, Ernst U., Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. 1997. Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use. Earthscan, London.

von Weizsäcker, Ernst, Karlson Charlie Hargroves, Michael H. Smith, Cheryl Desha, and Peter Stasinopoulos. 2010. Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy Through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity. Earthscan, London.

Walker, Brian H. and David Salt. 2006. Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

Warner, Melanie. 2013. Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal. Scribner, New York. [video interview 1] [video interview 2] [video interview 3] [news story] [news story by author] [video of author presentation on Book TV] [NPR interview podcast including Michael Moss author of Salt Sugar Fat]

Wijkman, Anders and Johan Rockström. 2012. Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries. Routledge, London. [video presentation] [review in The Trumpeter by Helen Kopnina]

Wilber, Tom. 2012. Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. [Wilber's blog with videos] [podcast interview]

Wilkinson, Richard and Kate Pickett. 2009. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. Bloomsbury, New York. [excerpt][review] [presentation by Wilkinson on TedTalks]

Wilson, Edward O. 1999. The Diversity of Life, 2nd Edition. Norton, New York. [related website]

Wilson, Edward O. 2002. The Future of Life. Alfred Knopf, New York. [discusion questions]

Wilson, Edward O. 2007. The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth. Norton, New York. [review 1, review 2]

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