Happy Earth Day!

Today, all across the globe, we’re celebrating Earth Day. This year, Earth Day Network has declared its focus The Face of Climate Change. Each year on April 22, we acknowledge our appreciation for the amazing planet we call home and the take steps to protect it. What will you do today to celebrate Mother Earth? Here are some books to get you started. Get reading!

k8719The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate
David Archer
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Archer argues that it is still not too late to avert dangerous climate change–if humans can find a way to cooperate as never before. Revealing why carbon dioxide may be an even worse gamble in the long run than in the short, this compelling and critically important book brings the best long-term climate science to a general audience for the first time.

Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage (New Edition)
Kenneth S. Deffeyes
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One of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002
Honorable Mention, 2001 Association of American Publishers Award for Best
Professional/Scholarly Book in Geography and Earth Science

In this updated edition, Deffeyes explains the crisis that few now deny we are headed toward. Using geology and economics, he shows how everything from the rising price of groceries to the subprime mortgage crisis has been exacerbated by the shrinking supply–and growing price–of oil. Although there is no easy solution to these problems, Deffeyes argues that the first step is understanding the trouble that we are in.

The World’s Rarest Birdsk9823
Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash & Robert Still
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This beautifully illustrated book vividly depicts the most threatened birds on Earth. It provides up-to-date information from BirdLife International on the threats each species faces, and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 590 bird species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, or now only exist in captivity. This landmark publication features stunning photographs of 515 species–including the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book.

The White Planet: The Evolution and Future of Our Frozen World
Jean Jouzel, Claude Lorius & Dominique Raynaud
Here’s the Preface
One of Two Winners of The 2012 Vetlesen Prize of the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
Scientifically impeccable, up-to-date, and accessible, The White Planet brings cutting-edge climate research to general readers through a vivid narrative. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the inextricable link between climate and our planet’s icy regions.

k9426Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living
Melissa Lane
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Honorable Mention, 2012 Green Book Festival, General Non-Fiction
Honor Book, 2012 NJCH Book Award, New Jersey Council for the Humanities

An ecologically sustainable society cannot be achieved without citizens who possess the virtues and values that will foster it, and who believe that individual actions can indeed make a difference. This book draws on ancient Greek thought–and Plato’s Republic in particular–to put forward a new vision of citizenship that can make such a society a reality.

How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind (Revised and Expanded Edition)
Charles H. Langmuir & Wally Broecker
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Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Award, Earth Sciences, Association of American Publishersk9691
Interweaving physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology, this sweeping account tells Earth’s complete story, from the synthesis of chemical elements in stars, to the formation of the Solar System, to the evolution of a habitable climate on Earth, to the origin of life and humankind. The book also addresses the search for other habitable worlds in the Milky Way and contemplates whether Earth will remain habitable as our influence on global climate grows. It concludes by considering the ways in which humankind can sustain Earth’s habitability and perhaps even participate in further planetary evolution.

Also, be sure to check out our Princeton Primers in Climate series. These primers reveal the physical workings of the global climate system with unmatched accessibility and detail. Princeton Primers in Climate is the ideal first place to turn to get the essential facts, presented with uncompromising clarity, and to begin further investigation–whether in the classroom or in one’s own reading chair.