Books on the Destruction of the Environment
State of Emergency!
The Plunder of Our Planet, The Environmental Catastrophe & The Real Revolutionary Solution
Reprint of a special issue of Revolution newspaper, $2.00
Humanity and earth's ecosystems face an environmental emergency. But there is one real way out. This reprint also contains the important document: "Some Key Principles of Socialist Sustainable Development."
Paperback, 28 pp.
The Sixth Extinction:
An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert, $16.00
Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.
Paperback, 336 pp.
The Ecological Rift:
Capitalism's War on the Ear
by John Bellamy Foster, Richard York, and Brett Clark, $26.00
A huge ecological rift has been driven between human beings and nature, undermining the conditions of sustainable existence: a rift in the metabolic relation between humanity and nature that is irreparable within capitalist society, since it is integral to its very laws of motion.
Paperback, 544 pp.
Merchants of Doubt:
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, $18.00
Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is "not settled" have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole.
Paperback, 368 pp.
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars:
Dispatches from the Front Lines
by Michael E. Mann, $19.95
The "hockey stick graph"--a clear and compelling visual presentation of scientific data--demonstrates that global temperatures have risen in conjunction with the increase in industrialization and the use of fossil fuels. The "hockey stick" achieved prominence in a 2001 UN report on climate change and quickly became a central icon in the "climate wars."
Paperback, 448 pp.
The Race for What's Left:
The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources
by Michael Klare, $18.00
The world is facing an unprecedented crisis that encompasses shortages of oil and coal, copper and cobalt, water and arable land. With all of the Earth's accessible areas already being exploited, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers. The Race for What's Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country's flag under the North Pole to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia and other food-scarce nations.
Paperback, 320 pp.
Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
by Bill McKibben, $15.99
In Eaarth, McKibben leads readers to the devastatingly comprehensive conclusion that we no longer inhabit the world in which we've flourished for most of human history: we've passed the tipping point for dramatic climate change, and even if we could stop emissions yesterday, our world will keep warming, triggering more extreme storms, droughts, and other erratic catastrophes, for centuries to come.
Paperback, 288 pp.