Books

A Whole Earth Way Of Thinking About The Anthropocene

Before he published his first Whole Earth Catalog in 1968, Steward Brand lobbied NASA to release the first snapshots of the Earth as seen from the moon, according to Wikipedia. “He thought the image might be a powerful symbol, evoking a sense of shared destiny and adaptive strategies from people,” the entry says. The catalog provided “access to tools”,…

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

The great architect and city planner Daniel Burnham learned his craft in the embers of the Great Chicago Fire, and he clearly developed a worldview that Australian ethicist Clive Hamilton would describe as “Promethean”. “Make no little plans,” Burnham is famously quoted as saying. “They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not…

The End of Nature

By Bill McKibben Bill McKibbon has been writing about the end of nature as we know it for decades, and this 1989 book is the one that led me down the path I’m non now. “If the waves crash up against the beach, eroding dunes and destroying homes, it is not the awesome power of…

Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure integrates human and natural systems through a network of corridors and spaces in mixed-use and urban settings. Austin takes a broad look at green infrastructure concepts, research and case studies to provide the student and professional with processes, criteria and data to support planning, design and implementation. Order on Amazon.

A Simple Guide To REDD+ From The Ground Up

As REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus forest management) grows in complexity, the need for accessible literature is greater than ever. Unfortunately, most of the new material to emerge in the last year obfuscates and obscures this already complex mechanism – in part because each new paper tries to differentiate itself from the…