Guns, Germs and Steel
By Jared Diamond
DB 46548, Available as BARD download
Examines the disparate formation of human societies around the world in terms of wealth and power. Argues that accidents of geography and environment, rather than racial differences, favored some civilizations over others for developing agriculture, social institutions, and technologies. 1997
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Hidden Life of Trees
By Peter Wohlleben
DB 86697, BR 21761, Available as BARD download
Forester shares his observations as well as research by others into the networked nature of trees and forests. Discusses communication by trees, the life cycle of an organic forest versus one planted, and the interaction of trees with their greater environment. Translated from the original 2015 German edition. Bestseller. 2016.
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
By Thomas Friedman
DB 67562, LT 08871, Available as BARD download
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of The World Is Flat (DB 60317, LT 5066) examines the contributions of global warming, population growth, and the rise of the middle class to Earth's instability. Urges the adoption of strategies for clean, efficient, renewable energy to improve the environment and revitalize America. Bestseller. 2008.
Hot Living Through the Next Fifty Years
By Mark Hertsgaard
DB 73039, LT 11783, Available as BARD download
Journalist outlines the potential impact climate change might have on his daughter's generation. Warns of future extreme weather conditions such as heat waves and violent storms, rising sea levels, and the spread of disease and pestilence. Suggests ways governments, corporations, and individuals can cope with or reverse the effects. 2011.
By Dr. Suess
DB 31231, BRW 113, DVD 1031, JL 5307, Available as BARD download
Once, when the grass was still green, and the pond was still wet, and the clouds were still clean, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba-loots, and Humming-Fish lived happily among the Truffula Trees. The Once-ler settled in this beautiful place and discovered that he could make Thneeds, which sold quite handsomely, from the Truffula Trees. Overcome by greed, he did not heed the warning of the Lorax. For grades 2-4 and older readers. For grades 2-4. 1971
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
By Ken Burns
Documentary. Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction. Not rated. 750 Min. 2009
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes about Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
By Colin Beavin
DB 71196, Available as BARD download
Author chronicles his family's yearlong effort to have as little impact as possible on the environment in New York City. Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of drastically altering their behavior and way of life in the pursuit of making a difference. 2009.
By Al Gore
DB 70942, BR 18800, Available as BARD download
This follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth (DB 64771, BR 17616) discusses ways humans can live in balance with the natural world. Topics include carbon-free energy such as solar, wind, or nuclear power; reforestation; soil conservation; and reduced consumption of material goods. For grades 4-7. 2009.
Papyrus: The Plant That Changed the World--from Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars
By John J. Gaudet
DB 79705, Available as BARD download
Ecologist examines the natural history of the papyrus plant, from ancient Egypt to the modern era. Describes its usage in paper, and as a building material, food, and fuel. Explains the role it plays in its ecosystem. Theorizes on its uses in the future. 2014.