Reviews and Blog Posts: environment

What the Frack?

drilling rig, pipe, & well pad - Piceance Basin, CO. Photo by Tim Hurst

What’s all this fuss about "fracking" and why should we care?
In honor of Earth Day (4/22) and the earth’s capacity to support life, including our own, let's begin to “drill” into this phenomenon of hydraulic fracturing.

The age of miracles : a novel

by Karen Thompson Walker

Reviewer Rating:
4

A slowly-unfolding story of the earth's days lengthening told by an 11 year old girl. This is not the in-your-face apocalypse novel that I've become accustomed to. It's really the story of growing up and learning about the frailties of relationships and social constructs in the midst of a time...

American Earth : environmental writing since Thoreau

Reviewer Rating:
4

This huge anthology can be read from beginning to end, but it is just as satisfying to pick and choose a poem, essay or speech as you wish or just flip through the sections of photographs. It includes pieces about individual encounters with the wild to political calls-to-arms to elegies...

The world without us

by Alan Weisman

Reviewer Rating:
4

Weisman's book speculates on what would happen to our world if all humans were to suddenly disappear. Despite a period of contamination from chemicals and other dangerous materials left unattended, the Earth would most likely return to a beautiful natural state, with little left to remind any future visitor that...

An inconvenient truth : the planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it

by Albert Gore

Reviewer Rating:
4

Original review: The companion to the film about global warming. Roger Ebert says, "You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to." Here is your out - read the book. It's essentially...

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