Books

Books worth adding to your collection (of course that is if you have a budget at all in your library right now!)

RealClimate suggested two titles:

fixinclimateFixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat–and How to Counter It
by Wallace S. Broecker & Robert Kunzig
Their review: This is a book written in a particular style – a number of recent advances in relevant paleo-climate (abrupt changes, mega-droughts, etc.) are examined through the lens of a single scientist and their one key measurement or observation. This makes for a good narrative, but without wishing to take anything away from the great science discussed or the individual insights, it’s only a partial picture of how these interesting ideas actually took root and got validated by the wider community. The climate fix the book ends up backing is a scheme for the air capture of CO2 (discussed here, and more recently here). The technology is fascinating, but at over a couple of hundred $/per ton CO2, the economics are a long way from being viable.

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forgivingairThe Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change (2nd edition)
by Richard C. J. Somerville
Their review: It is definitely worth paying attention to books that may have been out for a while, or in a new edition. We were particularly impressed with Richard Somerville’s award-winning introduction to understanding environmental change.

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icemudbloodIce, Mud and Bloog: Lessons from Climates Past
By Chris Turney
Their review:  Also dwelling on paleo-climate is Chris Turney’s Ice, Mud and Blood. Eric reviewed this for Nature, noting that “Turney is by no means the first to try to articulate the point that paleoclimatology has lessons for our future. Richard Alley’s The Two-Mile Time Machine and Mark Bowen’s Thin Ice, to name just two, have made the same basic arguments. But Turney’s book is the most up to date, and I would certainly recommend it to colleagues, who will enjoy it and may well learn something new, as I did.”

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Also check out books Real Climate has been involved with since 2005:

And a recommendation from Green Today, Green Tomorrow blog:

62493299_140 Environmenal Issues in American History: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents
by Chris J Magoc
Their review: discusses key environmental battles from the founding of our country to the present day.  Importantly, this book includes primary documents, so that the reader can “hear” from the people who are locked in these battles.

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Live Online Film this weekend

Live online broadcast of film  In Transition:from oil dependency to local resilience this weekend:  Saturday May 23rd at 1:45pm GMT (9:45am EST) — at the same time as the film is being shown at the Transition Network Conference in London. The DVD will be available later in the year. Watch it this weekend live.

Synopsis: ‘In Transition’ is the work of film director Emma Goude with production by Smith and Watson, and with input from Transition communities around the world (read more about the story of the film). The film is an hour-long documentary about Transition stories of communities creating their own currencies, setting up their own pubs, planting trees, growing food — and responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, compassion and genius. “You’ll see local authorities getting behind their local Transition initiatives, and get a sense of the scale of this emerging movement. It is a story of hope, and it is a call to action,” writes Rob Hopkins.

info from the TransitionColorado ning

Green Computing FREE online sessions

FREE online symposium series produced by Janet Salmons (Vison2Lead), IGI Global and Elluminate Events. Dr Ezendu Ariwa,  Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), will be the lead presenter for all session:

  • MAY 21, noon EST: Green Computing and Facilities Management
  • JUNE: Green Computing and Healthcare Informatics
  • JULY: Green Computing and Renewable Energy Technologies (also w/ Dr. Donald Swift-Hook)
  • AUGUST: Green Computing: What does the future hold?   (also w/ Zahl Limbuwala )

Register and more info.

Book Jackets into Gift Bags

Last Friday at The Green Paraprofessional Conference at East Carolina University Libraries, Suzanne Metcalf presented on her project of recycling book jackets into amazing gift bags. She got the idea several years ago working at Georgia Southern University when she noticed that the decorative book covers removed from the hardback books before being  placed on the shelves. After she saw a student at the circulation desk sporting a bag made of foil Capri Sun juice pouches,  she got the idea. She graciously offers a how-to turn book jackets into gift bags (PDF).  Here is an article by Her Magazine with more information and with a photos of Suzanne and some of the awesome bags!

Energy Monitoring to Save $

Tweet-a-watt – wirelessly monitors and “tweets ”  your home’s daily energy use to your Twitter account. Buy the kit or make it yourself.

Google’s Power Meter – The application will collect information from utility meters and energy monitors and provide easy access to energy statistics right from your iGoogle homepage. Not yet publicly available but you can join the mailing list. FAQs

Smart Power Strips are an easy way to monitor the amount of energy that item is using and you can shut off power supply when you don’t need it. Cost about $25- $50

Kill-A-Watt allows you to connect your appliances and assess how efficient they are for about $25. Watch this video to learn more.

GreeenSwitch is a wireless switch (which uses a microchip controlled radio frequency communication) that you – or the last person in the office –   switch off creating a signal sent to all the components you designated, such as  light switches and wall plugs, to automatically turn them off.  Cost ranges according to home or office needs.

Energy Joule – just plug it into any available wall outlet and turn it on. The color will indicate when you are paying more or less for energy and you can adjust your usage accordingly. Check with your power company to see if its available in your area.

Black N Decker Power Monitor consists of two parts – a wireless transmitter that easily attaches to your electric meter, and a wireless handheld device that uses data from your electric meter to display information about your energy consumption. Cost about $100.

Community Gardens

A great resource for you and your patrons: search for a community garden near you. This web site is maintained by the American Community Gardening Association who’s mission  is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. The site also offers some resources on gardening to purchase, a how to start a community garden, and as section on action items you can take.