The Perfect Storm
By Sebastian Junger
DB 44751, LT 14026, Available as a BARD download
Recounts the 1991 loss at sea of the New England fishing boat Andrea Gail in the "perfect storm" that resulted from the explosive convergence of several high-energy weather fronts. Depicts a fisherman's harsh life and gives a likely account of the vessel's final hour before sinking. Vividly portrays failed rescue efforts and people drowning. Bestseller. 1997
The Perfect Storm
By Rachel Carson
DB 20184, BR 210, DVD 622, Available as BARD download
The author criticizes man's large-scale use of chemical insecticides and weed killers, and warns that such a policy jeopardizes the environment and damages wildlife. 1962
The Sixth Extinction
By Elizabeth Kolbert
DB 78463, BR 20478, Available as BARD download
Journalist examines the causes of the five prehistoric mass extinctions and compares previous conditions with those existing in the twenty-first century. Posits that humanity is on the brink of the sixth mass extinction and is the primary cause of it. Bestseller. 2014.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
By Naomi Klein
DB 80555, Available as BARD download
Author of The Shock Doctrine (DB 70280) examines the intersection of climate science and governmental and business priorities. Discusses climate change and its deniers, the economics of environmentalism claimed and ignored by businesses, and environmentalist efforts to force political policies to adapt. Bestseller. 2014.
By Henry David Thoreau
DB 50835, BR 12576, LT 4373, Available as BARD download
This spiritual autobiography of a practical Yankee records his life at the Walden Pond Retreat, his detailed observations of nature, and his comments on the world's problems. Includes the essay "Civil Disobedience." 1900
The Water Will Come
By Jeff Goodell
DB 89944, Available as BARD download
The author of Big Coal (DB 63733) examines the impact of rising sea levels on coastal settlements and systems. Discusses climate change, melting ice caps, higher tides, economic disruption, seacoast infrastructure, housing, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
The Weather Makers
By Tim Flannery
DB 63586, Available as BARD download
Conservationist and author of Eternal Frontier (DB 53992) explores the history and possible impact of global warming. Notes phenomena such as melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and increasing instances of extreme weather, and predicts their future effects on global climate. Urges a transition to carbon-free fuels to reduce air pollution. 2005.
The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
By Charles Mann
DB 90176, Available as BARD download
According to the author, those with solutions to concerns about Earth's population and its environmental impact fall into the categories of Wizards and Prophets. Prophets follow environmentalist William Vogt, who espoused cutting back, while Wizards follow Norman Borlaug, who felt that innovation is key. Profiles Vogt and Borlaug. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Abigail Adams: A Life
By Woody Holton
DB 71999, Available as BARD download
Biography of America's second First Lady by the award-winning author of Unruly Americans (DB 66397). Uses first-person accounts and Mrs. Adams's letters to portray her political and business acumen, which enabled her to leave her female descendants funds in her will despite the law of coverture. 2009.