Category Archives: Environment

How the World Really Works

Global climate change is an unprecedented challenge for the world.  To meet the challenge, we need to make unprecedented changes in the ways we live, work, produce, and consume.   In a new book called How the World Really Works: … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Energy, Environment, Science and technology | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Greenwood

I was on vacation last week and took one of my periodic side trips into fiction. Greenwood, by Canadian writer Michael Christie, is a novel about family and trees and the relationship between them. It spans four generations of the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entangled Life

When the author of this book about fungi started describing his participation in experiments involving LSD, I wondered if it was going to be a different sort of book than I was expecting. The author is Merlin Sheldrake, a biologist … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

The Big Switch

I’m only halfway through the book I’m reading, so this week I’m writing about a podcast instead. The Big Switch is a terrific podcast about how we switch to a net zero carbon economy to help slow down climate change. … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Around the World in 80 Trees

Starting from London and zigzagging in an easterly direction, Jonathan Drori takes us on a grand tour visiting 80 of the world’s most interesting and exotic trees. Literally Around the World in 80 Trees. The book is printed on heavy … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Wintering: A Season With Geese

Over the last couple of years I’ve got into the habit of taking a walk through my neighborhood each evening. On weekends I go for longer walks in a large park a few miles from my home. I suppose it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Nonfiction November Week 2: Book Pairings

It’s Week 2 of Nonfiction November, hosted by Katie @ Doing Dewey. And the topic is: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

Finding the Mother Tree

I’m not much of a hiker or outdoors person, but I’ve done enough walking through the forests of the Pacific Northwest to appreciate their beauty and complexity. I kind of knew, in a vague abstract way, that the trees and … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Overstory

A simple description of The Overstory by Richard Powers is that it’s a novel about nine people and their relationships with trees. Sounds weird, right? Well, The Overstory is definitely an unusual novel. But it’s much more, and much stranger … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Climate Diet

Climate change is such an overwhelming problem it’s hard to know what individuals can do about it. It’s hard to see how we can have any impact at all. But there are meaningful steps we can take to both modify our … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments