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.

Environment & Resource Management Division of SLA

Did you know about the Environment & Resource Management Division (ERMD) of SLA? They offer a discussion list, a Green Award, a newsletter, and support green initiatives and presentations at conferences.   If you are lucky enough to be able to attend the SLA 2009 Annual Conference, it will be June 14-17, 2009, in Washington, DC and be sure to check out these ERMD sessions: Building your Green Library – From Information to Legislation: Silent Spring and its impact on anti-pollution law and policy – REACH and the Future of Toxics Legislation – Socially Responsible Decision-Making: Ethics at work – Toxicology Round Table: Environmental resources of the National Library of Medicine using innovative web technology.  ERMD will also be co-sponsoring sessions on Food Safety and on Climate Change. (Detailed Schedule)

Oh and ERMD is on Facebook too.

ecoBrain: green books for green living

Have you checked out ecoBrain? The company was started by two families both in the publishing arenas, living in the US and Canada, passionate about the environment and living more green.  They offer eBooks and mp3 audio books about the environment and environmentally-friendly living. Not only do they offer electronic books but in doing so they allow new publishers to produce material much more quickly, cheaply, and profitably.  They allow employees to work from home and purchase carbon offsets for their business operations. ecoBrain hopes to grow their online community to be the largest provider of educational resources for eco-friendly living.

All content on EcoBrain is in downloadable, digital format, so you can buy green with zero use of forest-pulping paper and only a minimal amount of expended energy.

College Library – Green Blogging

Moraine Valley Community College (IL) with a Sustainability Initiative and the library’s One Book, One College program has started a blog called Green Today, Green Tomorrow.

The blog posts will include new items in the library’s collection, information about programs related to the One Book events, and items related to the campus-wide sustainability initiative. Check it out: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/green/

Are there more libraries going green and blogging? I’d love to hear about them!

Green Cleaning in your library

Ever thought of switching to greener cleaning products in your library? Common health problems such as asthma have been linked to air pollutants and toxic chemicals (like those in many cleaning products!) To learn more about the effects of toxins, what green cleaning products to use and even get coupons, visit Seventh Generation

Also check out Green Janitorial Products (from OFEE)

Remember: a healthy, clean, non-toxic working environment is also beneficial to your workers = less sick days with headaches, nausea, fatigue and more productive work.