Tag Archive for ‘global warming’
Make Room! Make Room!, by Harry Harrison @@@ (3 out of 5) In 1973, American filmgoers were shocked by a film entitled Soylent Green, starring Charlton Heston and Leigh Taylor-Young. The film depicts New York City in 2022 with a population of 40 million. The streets are crowded with homeless people, but those few with… Read More ›
A review of Beyond: Our Future in Space, by Chris Impey @@@@ (4 out of 5) A colony on Mars? Really? Some of us grasp the existential crisis humanity faces today, and fear that global climate change, an asteroid collision, a super volcano, a viral pandemic, or some other easily imaginable catastrophe could put an… Read More ›
A review of The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges, by Zaid Hassan @@@@ (4 out of 5) “Planning based-approaches — so common across government, civil society, and even business — represent a neo-Soviet paradigm” and have long been shown to be at best minimally effective in fostering meaningful… Read More ›
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer @@@@ (4 out of 5) I am not now, nor have I ever been, a vegetarian. However, living as I do in Berkeley, California, from time to time I find myself in the minority at dinners and potlucks. So, as you might imagine, over the years I’ve come to hear… Read More ›
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert @@@@@ (5 out of 5) You probably know that you and I — actually, all of us collectively, homo sapiens the species — are responsible for a truly alarming reduction in the number of other species on Planet Earth. But apart from occasional stories in the… Read More ›
A popular local website called Berkeleyside had asked me to pick my five favorite books for the year just ending. This proved to be a tough assignment. Of the 50 or so books I’d read so far in 2013, the easy route would have been to turn to familiar writers whose work I nearly always… Read More ›
Here’s a baker’s dozen of recent books, both fiction and nonfiction. What they’ve got in common is that they’re all well written, and I found every one of them engrossing. Any one of these will make a great gift for the right person. They’re arranged in alphabetical order by title, with a link to my… Read More ›
A review of Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Here is Barbara Kingsolver, weaving together the themes of climate change, feminist coming-of-age, rural poverty, family relations, and love into a tautly organized, suspenseful, and compelling story. Because of the author’s unique qualifications — she lives on a farm in Appalachia, is… Read More ›
A review of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy — and our Planet — from Dirty Energy, by Danny Kennedy. @@@@ (4 out of 5). Overview of the present and future prospects for solar energy, brought to life in an engaging conversational style by one of the avatars of the solar industry.
A review of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, by Annalee Newitz. @@@@@ (5 out of 5). A science journalist takes a hard look at humanity’s chances of long-term survival and proposes proven strategies to ensure our race does not go extinct.