Healthy Planet Resources

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Pacific harbor seals curiously eye the camera as others stretch out on the shore. Jenner, Calif., 2015.
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Books

Archer D, Rahmstorf S. The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press; 2010.

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With colorful, clear graphics, this book highlights information from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and helps bring a reader up-to-date on what we know about climate change and its impacts, as well as what we can do.

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Bourseiller P. 365 Ways to Save the Earth. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 2008.

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This beautifully illustrated book provides practical tips that you can do each day to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Carson R. Silent Spring.  New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company; 2002 anniversary edition (originally published in 1962).

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A pioneering book that helped catapult the environmental movement.

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Gore A. Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. New York, NY: Penguin Group; 2009.

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This book describes things that we can do to help decrease the effect that we have on our environment. It is meant to inspire readers to take action, not only on an individual basis, but also as participants in the political process.

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Hoffman A. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate. Stanford Briefs; 2015.

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Climate change is a polarizing topic. Some well-read individuals believe the human role is real and advocate for immediate changes to protect our planet. Other, equally well-read, individuals are adamant that no such danger exists. If you are puzzled by this disconnect, this book is for you as Hoffman explains the underlying causes of this division and gives suggestions on how to find common ground so that the subject can be meaningfully discussed.

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Klein N. This Changes Everything. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.; 2014

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This book was on the New York Times Book Review list as one of the 100 notable books for 2014, with Rob Nixon writing that the book is “the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.”

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Kolbert E. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC; 2014.

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This book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert describes the future of the world, combining natural history and field reporting.

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Letcher TM. Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth. 2nd ed. Waltham, MA: Elsevier; 2016.

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By providing scientific detail and evidence in language that is clear to both the climatologist and the non-specialist, this book provides an accessible guide to the science behind the often political and heated debate involving climate change.

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Lomborg B. Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming. New York: Random House; 2007.

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 Lomborg showcases smart solutions for climate change. By encouraging innovation and adaption instead of carbon dioxide reductions, Lomborg asserts that we can address persistent problems of health and poverty and education.

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Mann ME. The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars. New York, NY: Columbia University Press; 2012.

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According to Publishers Weekly, “In this meticulous and engaging brief on climate change research and the political backlash to legitimate scientific work, Penn State Professor Mann narrates the fight against misinformation from the inside.”

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Moran A (editor). Climate Change the Facts. Woodsville, NH: Stockdale Books; 2015.

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This book provides commentary from some of the most prominent climate change skeptics, including Richard Lindzen, emeritus professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nye B. Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. New York: St. Martin’s Press; 2015.

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According to Nye, also know as Bill Nye the Science Guy, one of the best things we can do about addressing climate change in the United States is to talk about it. With science and in layman’s terms he discusses the changes occurring on our planet as well as what we can do to change the world for the better.

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Oreskes N and Conway EM. Merchants of Doubt. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press; 2010

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According to John Horgan of Scientific American, this book, inspired by the documentary Merchants of Doubt, “packages rigorous research in fiery rhetoric.”

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Rich F. Getting to Green. Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution. New York:W.W. Norton & Co, Inc.; 2016.

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Frederic Rich, a corporate lawyer and conservation leader, argues that only a new bipartisan coalition can end the legislative gridlock facing the American environmental movement.

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Squarzoni P. Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through Science. New York, NY: Abrams ComicArts; 2014.

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Investigative journalist and artist Philippe Squarzoni weaves together scientific research and expert interviews to make the most complicated concepts in climate change clear. Squarzoni takes the reader along as he absorbs the information and its effect on his lifestyle. It’s a comic strip format, making this well-documented book an easy read.

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Weart SR. The Discovery of Global Warming. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 2008.

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Spencer Weart, Director Emeritus of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics, provides a summary of the rise of global climate concerns in its relationship to the scientific, political and public awareness in a way that is easily understood by the lay reader.

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Wilson E. Half-Earth. New York: Liveright; 2016.

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Edwin Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard University, offers his prescription to conserve environmental biodiversity, namely set aside roughly half of the planet as a natural reserve, undisturbed by man.

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Zolli A and Healy AM. Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster; 2013.

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Stories that highlight the concept of resilience are shared. According to the authors, this concept is at the center of why some people, organizations and systems persist, and even thrive, amid disruption.

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