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CO2 Rising: The World's Greatest Environmental Challenge

CO2 Rising: The World's Greatest Environmental Challenge
Tyler Volk

Tyler Volk

The most colossal environmental disturbance in human history is under way. Ever-rising levels of the potent greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) are altering the cycles of matter and life and interfering with the Earth's natural cooling process. Melting Arctic ice and mountain glaciers are just the first relatively mild symptoms of what will result from this disruption of the planetary energy balance.

Tyler Volk is Science Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Biology at New York University.

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Design for Ecological Democracy

Design for Ecological Democracy
Randolph T. Hester

Randolph T. Hester

Over the last fifty years, the process of community building has been lost in the process of city building. City and suburban design divides us from others in our communities, destroys natural habitats, and fails to provide a joyful context for our lives. In Design for Ecological Democracy, Randolph Hester proposes a remedy for our urban anomie. He outlines new principles for urban design that will allow us to forge connections with our fellow citizens and our natural environment. He demonstrates these principles with abundantly illustrated examples--drawn from forty years of design and planning practice--showing how we can design cities that are ecologically resilient, that enhance community, and that give us pleasure.

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Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years

Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years
Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil

In this provocative book, scientist Vaclav Smil takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at the catastrophes and trends the next fifty years may bring. This is not a book of forecasts or scenarios but one that reminds us to pay attention to, and plan for, the consequences of apparently unpredictable events and the ultimate direction of long-term trends. He also considers environmental change and assesses the often misunderstood complexities of global warming.

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Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry

Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry
Travis Bradford

Travis Bradford

In Solar Revolution, fund manager and former corporate buyout specialist Travis Bradford argues--on the basis of standard business and economic forecasting models--that over the next two decades solar energy will increasingly become the best and cheapest choice for most electricity and energy applications. Solar Revolution outlines the path by which the transition to solar technology and sustainable energy practices will occur.

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The End of the Wild

The End of the Wild
Stephen M. Meyer

Stephen M. Meyer

With the extinction rate at 3000 species a year and accelerating, we can now predict that as many as half of the Earth's species will disappear within the next 100 years. The species that survive will be the ones that are most compatible with us: the weedy species--from mosquitoes to coyotes--that thrive in continually disturbed human-dominated environments. The End of the Wild is a wake-up call.

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The Great Lead Water Pipe Disaster

The Great Lead Water Pipe Disaster
Werner Troesken

Werner Troesken

In The Great Lead Water Pipe Disaster, Werner Troesken looks at a long-running environmental and public health catastrophe: 150 years of lead pipes in local water systems and the associated sickness, premature death, political inaction, and social denial. The harmful effects of lead water pipes became apparent almost as soon as cities the world over began to install them. Doctors and scientists noted cases of acute illness and death attributable to lead in public water beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, and an editorial in the New York Herald called for the city to study the matter after a bizarre illness made headlines in 1868. But officials took no action for many years. The Great Lead Water Pipe Disaster is essential reading for understanding this past and ongoing public health problem.

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Humanities

Evocative Objects

Evocative Objects
Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle

Whether it's a student's beloved 1964 Ford Falcon (left behind for a station wagon and motherhood), or a cello that inspires a meditation on fatherhood, the intimate objects in this collection are used to reflect on larger themes--the role of objects in design and play, discipline and desire, history and exchange, mourning and memory, transition and passage, meditation and new vision.

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Noam Chomsky: a Life of Dissent

Noam Chomsky: a Life of Dissent
Robert F. Barsky

Robert F. Barsky

This biography describes the intellectual and political milieus that helped shape Noam Chomsky, a pivotal figure in contemporary linguistics, politics, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. This book reads like the autobiography that Chomsky says he will never write. Barsky's account reveals the remarkable consistency in Chomsky's interests and principles over the course of his life. The book contains well-placed excerpts from Chomsky's published writings and unpublished correspondence, including the author's own years-long correspondence with Chomsky.

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Notes on the Underground

Notes on the Underground
Rosalind Williams

Rosalind Williams

The underground has always played a prominent role in human imaginings, both as a place of refuge and as a source of fear. The late nineteenth century saw a new fascination with the underground as Western societies tried to cope with the pervasive changes of a new social and technological order. In Notes on the Underground, Rosalind Williams takes us inside that critical historical moment, giving equal coverage to actual and imaginary undergrounds. She looks at the real-life invasions of the underground that occurred as modern urban infrastructures of sewers and subways were laid, and at the simultaneous archaeological excavations that were unearthing both human history and the planet’s deep past. She also examines the subterranean stories of Verne, Wells, Forster, Hugo, Bulwer-Lytton, and other writers who proposed alternative visions of the coming technological civilization.

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The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower

The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower
Robert Barsky

Robert Barsky

Noam Chomsky has been praised by the likes of Bono and Hugo Chávez and attacked by the likes of Tom Wolfe and Alan Dershowitz. Groundbreaking linguist and outspoken political dissenter -- voted "most important public intellectual in the world today" in a 2005 magazine poll -- Chomsky inspires fanatical devotion and fierce vituperation. In The Chomsky Effect, Chomsky biographer Robert Barsky examines his subject's positions on a number of highly charged issues -- Chomsky's signature issues, including Vietnam, Israel, East Timor, and his work in linguistics -- that illustrate not only "the Chomsky effect" but also "the Chomsky approach."

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