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The Solar Revolution, by Steve McKevitt and Tony Ryan

This is a slightly odd book. On the back it says: “The Solar Revolution tells the story of how scientists are working to reconnect us to the ‘solar economy’, harnessing the power of the sun to provide food and energy for a population of 10 billion.” I bought the book on the basis of that […]

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My books of 2015

At the end of the year I enjoy looking back at what I’ve read in the last twelve months and seeing what’s stuck with me. It’s a way of reviewing what I’ve learned, and an opportunity to thank the authors. With a ‘to-read’ list as long as I am tall, it’s also a good way […]

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The End of Plenty, by Joel K Bourne

Joel Bourne is an agronomist and farmer’s son who decided to go into journalism rather than farming. He edited farming trade magazines and then wrote for National Geographic. While covering the food crisis in 2008, he began to see the strain on our food systems, and The End of Plenty: The race to feed a […]

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The Winning of the Carbon War, by Jeremy Leggett

It’s a little early to be reviewing Jeremy Leggett’s book The Winning of the Carbon Wars, because he hasn’t finished writing it yet. The book is a work in progress, and an interesting experiment – every month Leggett adds another chapter, drawn from his diaries and detailing his on-the-ground view of the front lines of […]

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The no-nonsense guide to green parenting, by Kate Blincoe

Becoming a parent can be a bit of a shock for those living a green lifestyle. Worthy attempts to walk or cycle go out the window. Ambitions to eat seasonally and cook fresh wilt in the battle to get kids to eat at all. So many green alternatives just require that little bit of extra […]

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How Adam Smith can change your life, by Russ Roberts

Adam Smith is well known as the father of modern economics, but his famous The Wealth of Nations is not his only book. In its shadow is The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a work of moral philosophy that was successful in its time, but is more of less forgotten today. Russ Roberts is an economist […]

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Spiritual activism, by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael

What can spirituality contribute to activism? That’s the central question of Spiritual Activism, the new book by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael. It’s a question that will immediately resonate with some and alienate others, but the deeper you get into the book, the more obvious it becomes that this isn’t a niche concern. “To be […]

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Review: Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air

A couple of months ago I reviewed the volume on urban transport, and here’s another in the series from UIT Cambridge – Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air, by Julian Allwood and Johnathan Cullen. They and their team of eight spent five years researching sustainable materials, and this is the result. The book looks at […]

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How to be Wild, by Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is an unusual writer. He was a sports writer and editor for the Times for over 30 years, and he also had a birdwatching column, and writes books about horses and about conservation. Sports and ecology aren’t worlds that don’t often go together, but Barnes writes with passion and flair about both. How […]

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Book review: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

A few weeks ago I received a copy of Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot in the post. Overweight, one could add to that list – this is a hefty tome. The Population Media Center must be spending a fortune posting these things out. The book is a coffee-table style volume about population and its impact on the […]

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