Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility. Edited by Moshe Givoni (Dept of Geography and Human Environment, Tel-Aviv U, Israel) and David Banister (Oxford U, UK). Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, April 2013, 304p, $105 (also as e-book). The transport sector has been singularly unsuccessful in becoming low carbon and less resource intensive. The complexity of the mobility and transport system should not encourage inaction, but strong and immediate action. 1) Provides a more complete understanding of the mobility and transport system and its progress towards high carbon mobility; 2) explores the means to achieve low carbon mobility through outlining alternative pathways, and 3) calls for a fundamental change in ‘thinking’ when it comes to transport policy, governance and analysis approaches, before low carbon mobility becomes a reality.  (TRANSPORTATION * LOW CARBON MOBILITY)
Innovations In Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions and Social Practices (Advances in Ecological Economics series). Edited by Maurie J. Cohen (Assoc Prof of Sustainability Science New Jersey Institute of Technology), Halina Szejnwald Brown (Prof of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark U), and Philip J. Vergragt (Fellow, Tellus Institute and Research Prof, Clark U). Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, 2013, 320p, $135 (also as e-book). Traditional policy approaches to reduce human impacts on the environment through technological change – for example, emphasizing resource efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources – are insufficient to meet the most pressing sustainability challenges of the 21st century. We must fundamentally reconfigure our lifestyles and social institutions if we are to make the transition toward a truly sustainable future. Contributions pinpoint specific areas in which innovation will be required: economic policies, socio-technical systems of production and consumption, and dominant social practices. (SUSTAINABILITY * SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION)
* EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. Frances Moore Lappe (cofounder, Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, the Small Planet Institute, the Small Planet Fund; contributor, Huffington Post and Alternet). NY: Nation Books (dist by Perseus Books), Apr 2013, $16.99pb. (first published, Sept 2011). Author of Diet for a Small Planet and 16 other books states that the biggest challenge to human survival isn’t our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, it’s our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappé addresses seven common “thought traps”—from limits to growth to the failings of democracy— that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting “thought leaps” that reveal our hidden power.  (ENVIRONMENT * METHODS * ECOMIND)
Risk and Precaution.  Alan Randall (Ohio State U).  NY: Cambridge U Press, March 2011, 278p, $31.99pb.  The precautionary principle has been labeled simplistic and the rational approach to decision-making under risk was modeled on well-specified games of chance.  The precautionary principle, however, is useful in managing the risks, uncertainties, and 'unknown unknowns' of the real world.  Unravels the key controversies surrounding the precautionary principle; integrates precaution with elements of the standard risk management model for a new framework (“integrated risk management”); and uses examples from medicine, pharmacy, synthetic chemicals, nanotechnology, and natural resources conservation. (RISK MANAGEMENT * PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE * METHODS)
The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America’s Environment, Security, and Independence.  Michael J. Graetz (Prof of Law, Columbia U).  Cambridge: MIT Press, April 2011, 400p, $29.95.  Americans have been living an energy delusion for 40 years: they have never been asked to pay a price that reflects the real cost of the energy they consume.  Presidents have wasted billions seeking a technological “silver bullet” to solve all our problems, while Congress has elevated narrow parochial interests over national goals, directing huge subsidies and tax breaks to favored constituents and contributors.  Describes 40 years of energy policy incompetence (the Nixon administration’s fumbled response to the OPEC oil embargo, failure to develop alternative energy sources, the current standoff over “cap and trade”) and calls for better decisions on the US energy future that reflect the real energy costs.      (ENERGY * ENERGY: WASTEFUL DECISIONS IN U.S.)
** Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change.  National Research Council.  America’s Climate Choices Series.  Washington: National Academies Press, Nov 2010, 326p (7x10”), $49.95pb.  The first of four congressionally requested studies stating that, across the US, impacts of climate change are already evident. Heat waves have become more frequent and intense, cold extremes have become less frequent, and patterns of rainfall are likely changing.  Even if GHG emissions were substantially reduced now, “climate change and its resulting impacts will continue for some time.”  The NRC Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change calls for “a new paradigm that considers a range of possible future climate conditions and impacts that may be well outside the realm of past experience,” as well as actions by many decision-makers in government at all levels, the private sector, and NGOs.  Current efforts are hampered by a lack of solid information on costs, benefits, and effectiveness of various adaptation options.  A national adaptation strategy is needed to provide technical and scientific resources, incentives to begin adaptation planning, guidance across jurisdictions, and shared lessons learned.     (CLIMATE CHANGE * AMERICA’S CLIMATE CHOICES)
Ethical Transformations for a Sustainable Future (Peace and Policy, Vol 14).  Edited by Olivier Urbain (director, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Honolulu) and Deva Temple (chief sustainability officer, Mana Makai Group).  Piscataway NJ: Transaction Publishers, Dec 2010/157p/$39.95
pb.  Observes that social, political and economic systems need to align to nature to make sure the Earth has the capacity to replenish resources and absorb wastes.  Such transformations are urgently needed and possible, if supported by a new ethics organized around three keywords: 1)Reconnecting  with the Earth and nature, as well as with each other; 2) Reframing the way in which people prioritize choices; and 3) Rethinking the mission of education and the roles of technology, and how we think about economy, business, and gender relations.
Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture. John R. Ehrenfeld (; director, Int’l Society for Industrial Ecology; Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry). Yale U Press, Aug 2009/272p/$17pb (hc Feb 2008/$28). Former director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment argues that eco-efficiency and corporate social responsibility are band-aids, discusses consumption as addiction and adaptive government, and proposes a new definition of sustainability as the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.
Linkages of Sustainability. Edited by Thomas Graedel (Director, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale U) and Ester van der Voet (Inst. for Env. Sciences, U of Leiden). Cambridge: MIT Press, Nov 2009/430p/$40. The multiple components of sustainability, all demanding attention, make understanding the concept itself a challenge; these essays on the linkages and the constraints among the components argue for a comprehensive view of sustainability, a transformation in the way we view it.                                           (ENVIRONMENT * SUSTAINABILITY)
Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable FutureSaleem H. Ali (Assoc Prof of Env. Studies, U of Vermont). Yale U Press, Oct 2009/320p/$30. A natural history of consumption and materialism, arguing that simply disavowing consumption of materials is not likely to help in planning for a resource-scarce future. Rather, a new environmental paradigm is proposed that accepts our need to consume “treasure” responsibly but warns of our concomitant need to conserve, to distinguish between needs and wants, and to alleviate global poverty.
The New Economics: A Bigger PictureDavid Boyle and Andrew Simms (both New Economics Foundation, London). London & Sterling VA: Earthscan, Oct 2009/160p/$24.95. A new economics derived from Ruskin and Schumacher, turning assumptions about wealth and poverty upside down: real wealth can be measured by increased well-being and environmental sustainability, rather than consuming more things.                          (ENVIRONMENT * SUSTAINABILITY * ECONOMICS)
Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite PlanetTim Jackson (Prof of Sustainable Development, U of Surrey). London & Sterling VA: Earthscan, Nov 2009/160p/$22.50. Challenges unquestioned assumptions of the global policy of growth, arguing that continuing growth is not possible.
Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications (Second Edition). Herman F. Daly (Prof of Economics, U of Maryland) and Joshua Farley (Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, U of Vermont). Washington: Island Press, Oct 2009/488p/$50. An introductory-level textbook designed to address the significant flaw in conventional economics that excludes biophysical and social systems, thus ignoring many costs. The interdisciplinary framework embraces linkages between economic growth, environmental degradation, and social inequity. (First published in Jan 2004/454p.)                                           (ENVIRONMENT * ECONOMICS)
100 Per Cent Renewable: Energy Autonomy in Action. Edited by Peter Droege. London & Sterling VA: Earthscan, Nov 2009/368p/$56. The great challenge of our time is building a world based on sustainable use of renewable power; many see a 100% renewable world as an impossible dream, but a growing number of plans and initiatives are making the change and many have already achieved it.
Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy Through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity. Report to the Club of Rome. Ernst von Weizsäcker (Emmendingen, Germany) and four others. London & Sterling VA: Earthscan, Dec 2009/400p/$39.95. Sequel to Factor Four (von Weizsacker/Lovins/Lovins, 1997) on the unique historic opportunity to scale up resource efficiency and radically transform the global economy with 80%+ improvements in energy productivity, water use, transport, buildings, and materials, based on concepts such as bio-mimicry and whole system design.
The Myth of Resource Efficiency: The Jevons ParadoxJohn M. Polimeni (Albany College of Pharmacy), Kozo Mayumi (U of Tokushima), Mario Giampietro (U Autonoma de Barcelona), and Blake Alcott (Zurich). Foreword by Joseph A. Taintor. London & Sterling VA: Earthscan, July 2009/184p/$$24.95pb. First published in 2008 as The Jevons Paradox and the Myth of Resource Efficiency Improvements, the authors explain a paradox first expressed in 1865 that an increase in efficiency in using a resource leads to increased use of that resource; thus it may be a false hope that future technological innovations in energy, etc. will reduce consumption of resources.                                (RESOURCES * ENERGY)
Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Change.  Edited by David N. Cole (U.S. Forest Service, Missoula MT) and Laurie Yung (director, Wilderness Institute, U of Montana).  Washington: Island Press, March 2010/368p/$35pb.  The central concept guiding the management of parks and wilderness has been to keep them in their “natural” state.  But what does this mean, as the effects of stressors such as climate change, invasive species, habitat fragmentation, and altered disturbance regimes increase?  Scientists and policymakers herein explore the various meanings of naturalness and where, when, and how managers should intervene in ecosystem processes to protect wilderness values.
Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Sustainability Science, 1 of 5).  Edited by Hiroshi Komiyama (President Emeritus, U of Tokyo), Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Prof of Life Sciences, U of Tokyo), Hideaki Shiroyama (Prof of Law/Politics, U of Tokyo), and Takashi Mino (Prof, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, U of Tokyo).  Tokyo & NY: United Nations U Press, Aug 2010, 375p, $37pb.  On “a new academic discipline” that seeks to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction, etc.   In contrast to widespread fragmentation and specialization of academia, it seeks “comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems,” restructures education and research, and spans the natural, social, and human sciences.  Discusses building a new discipline, positioning and connecting between existing sciences, tools and methods, redefining existing academic disciplines, education for sustainability science, and building a global meta-network.
Achieving Global Sustainability: Policy Recommendations (Sustainability Science, 5 of 5).  Edited by Takamitsu Sawa (Adviser, Kyoto Sustainability Initiative), Susumu Iai (Director, Kyoto Sustainability Initiative), and Seiji Ikkatai (Prof of Economics, Kyoto U).  Tokyo & NY: United Nations U Press, Aug 2010, 375p, $37pb.  “The problem of global sustainability is indisputably the most serious issue facing humanity today.”  Solving this difficult problem requires a drastic redesign of society in all aspects—technological, economic, and social. Advocates paradigm shifts in both economic growth and socioeconomic development, in terms of social common capital, contemporary social discipline, and economic valuation of the environment.  Presents climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies (the latter with a focus on technology), and recommends a “Green New Deal” leading to a low-carbon society by 2050.
Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society.  Andres R. Edwards (EduTracks). Foreword by Bill McKibben.  Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, May 2010, 240p, $17.95pb.  Author of  The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift (NSP, 224p) draws a collective map of individuals, organizations, and communities from around the world that are committed to building ecological health, new institutions, and rejuvenated environmental, social, and economic systems. The featured projects and initiatives are leading the way in relocalization, green commerce, ecological design, environmental conservation, and social transformation.
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