The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation

By
Fred Pearce
Reviewed by
Marilyn Freeman
Prepare to have your head turned inside out. Dump the idea that pristine nature is the only true wild and that nature invaded by alien species is something lesser that needs to be fixed. Instead, embrace the idea, especially in the age of the Anthropocene, that nature is and always has been in a constant state of flux and doesn’t care at all where a particular species comes from, especially if it’s doing a useful job. British science journalist Fred ... Read more

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

By
Bill Gates
Reviewed by
Kate Grierson
I have just finished reading Bill Gates’s book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, which was both interesting and informative. As one might expect, he looks to innovative technology as a key tool in achieving net zero GHG by 2050. Gates gives a good overview of the possibilities of thermal energy, new generation nuclear fusion and fission, meatless meat, and carbon capture and storage to name but a few. Gates does not fudge the science and explains that because the ... Read more

The Future We Choose

By
Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac
Reviewed by
Guy Hanchet
In The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac–who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015–have written a cautionary but optimistic book about the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity. The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like ... Read more

The Weather Makers

By
Tim Flannery
Reviewed by
Guy Hanchet
The Weather Makers tells the dramatic story of the earth’s climate, of how it has changed, how we have come to understand it, and of what that means for the future. Tim Flannery’s gripping narrative takes the reader on an extraordinary journey into the past and around the globe, bringing us closer to the science than ever before. Along the way he explodes the many illusions that have grown up around this subject.

Nature books for this time of crisis

By
Various
Reviewed by
Drew Monkman
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting.” — Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” From all accounts, nature seems to be doing just fine as human activity has been dialed down in recent months. In fact, the pandemic seems to be inspiring many of us to pay more attention to the natural world than we normally would. The interest I’ve seen in birds this spring on ... Read more

Key Insights from the Drawdown Review

By
Various
Reviewed by
Guy Hanchet
Project Drawdown defines the moment of Drawdown as “the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. This is the point when we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming. It is a critical turning point for life on Earth—one we must reach as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.” The original project and book, published in 2017, presents descriptions and details about ... Read more

Drawdown – How to Reverse Global Warming

By
Paul Hawken
Reviewed by
Guy Hanchet
This amazing book, subtitled “The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” gives an optimistic program for getting out of our current mess. It outlines the top 100 solutions that the world can implement, starting now, to fight the causes of the climate crisis. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. It uses common language avoiding the use of jargon. Here’s an example. ... Read more

Oil’s Deep State

By
Kevin Taft
Reviewed by
Mel Watkins
How the Petroleum Industry Undermines Democracy and Stops Action on Global Warming – in Alberta and in Ottawa That’s the title and subtitle, and twitter-length summary, of a recent book by Kevin Taft, who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta with the Alberta Liberal Party, and Leader of the  Opposition.  He had access to the inner workings of the petroleum industry on the democratic state, provincial and national, which is, in brief, as he demonstrates, not for ... Read more