Recent books on sustainability and the environment

From permaculture to cohousing and small space gardening, lots of tips to keep your sustainable life style going well!¬†And some reasons for others to take it up…

Syndetics book coverCreating cohousing : building sustainable communities / Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett.
“Cohousing offers unparalleled opportunities for building a better life. Whether urban, suburban or rural; senior or intergenerational; retrofit or new, Creating Cohousing shows how these distinctive communities can foster cooperation and a sense of belonging, use resources more efficiently, and make everything form gardening to childcare to socializing simpler and more enjoyable.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverNanotecture / Rebecca Roke.
“The most wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive book on small-scale architecture ever published. An inspiring, surprising and fun collection of 300 works of small-scale architecture including demountable, portable, transportable and inflatable structures as well as pavilions, installations, sheds, cabins, pods, capsules and tree houses.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA world to live in : an ecologist’s vision for a plundered planet / George M. Woodwell.
“A century of industrial development is the briefest of moments in the half billion years of the earth’s evolution. And yet our current era has brought greater changes to the earth than any period in human history. The biosphere, the globe’s life-giving envelope of air and climate, has been changed irreparably… The earth is a living system, Woodwell explains, and its stability is threatened by human disruption…” (adapted from (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe birth of the Anthropocene / Jeremy Davies.
“The world faces an environmental crisis unprecedented in human history. Carbon dioxide levels have reached heights not seen for three million years, and the greatest mass extinction since the time of the dinosaurs appears to be underway. Such far-reaching changes suggest something remarkable: the beginning of a new geological epoch. It has been called the Anthropocene… Linking new developments in earth science to the insights of world historians, Jeremy Davies shows that as the Anthropocene epoch begins, politics and geology have become inextricably entwined.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ultimate guide to natural farming and sustainable living : permaculture for beginners / written and illustrated by Nicole Faires.
“…Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living simplifies this vast field for practical application. This is a hands-on guide…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTipping point for planet earth : how close are we to the edge? / Anthony D. Barnosky and Elizabeth A. Hadly.
“Four people are born every second of every day. Conservative estimates suggest that there will be 10 billion people on Earth by 2050. That is billions more than the natural resources of our planet can sustain without big changes in how we use and manage them. So what happens when vast population growth endangers the world’s food supplies? Or our water? Our energy needs, climate, or environment? Or the planet’s biodiversity? What happens if some or all of these become critical at once? Just what is our future? …We still have the chance to avoid the tipping point and to make the future better…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe city grower : design, create & manage a small food-growing plot / Matt Franks ; photography by Rachel Warne.
“Think you don’t have the time or space to grow your own food? Think again. The City Grower shows you how to find spaces suitable for growing no matter their size, and gives you the skills to grow around a busy lifestyle in a simple, five-step process: the plot, the build, planting, maintenance and harvest… With great tips on up-cycling of discarded materials, keeping pests at bay with household items, when to grow which veg and where, plus how to use your smartphone for maximum yield, this is the perfect book for any aspiring city grower…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRetreat from a rising sea : hard decisions in an age of climate change / Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, Keith C. Pilkey.
“Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating vast, irreversible pollution by decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTreading on thin air : atmospheric physics, forensic meteorology, and climate change : how weather shapes our everyday lives / Elizabeth Austin, Ph. D.
“In Treading on Thin Air, Dr. Elizabeth Austin, a world-renowned atmospheric physicist, reveals how the climate is intimately tied to our daily lives. The effects and impacts of weather on humans, society and the planet are changing with the times. Dr. Austin will demystify climate change, revealing what is really happening with our climate and why, whether it is El Nino, tornadoes, floods or hurricanes.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)