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  1. 4.4 hrs • 11/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The word “sustainability” has been connected to everything from a certain kind of economic development to corporate promises about improved supply sourcing. But despite the apparent ubiquity of the term, the concept of sustainability has come to mean a number of specific things. In this accessible guide to the meanings of sustainability, Kent Portney describes the evolution of the idea and examines its application in a variety of contemporary contexts—from economic growth and consumption to government policy and urban planning. Portney takes as his starting point the 1987 definition of sustainability by the World Commission on Environment and Development as economic development activity that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” At its heart, Portney explains, sustainability focuses on the use and depletion of natural resources. It is not the same as environmental protection or natural resource conservation; it is more about finding some sort of steady state so that the earth can support both human population and economic growth. Topics covered by Portney include:Political opposition to the promotion of sustainability, which usually questions the need for sustainability or calls its costs unacceptable;Collective and individual consumption of material goods and resources and to what extent they must be curtailed to achieve sustainability;The role of the private sector and the co-opting of sustainability by corporations;Government policy on sustainability at the international, national, and subnational levels; andHow cities could become models for sustainability action.

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  2. 5.6 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    The complete text of the landmark encyclical letter from Pope Francis that, as Time magazine reported, “rocked the international community” In the Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, the beloved Pope exhorts the world to combat environmental degradation and its impact on the poor. In a stirring, clarion call that is not merely aimed at Catholic listeners but rather at a wide, lay audience, the Pope cites the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, and does not hesitate to detail how it is the result of a historic level of unequal distribution of wealth. It is, in short, as the New York Times labeled it, “An urgent call to action…intended to persuade followers around the world change their behavior, in hopes of protecting a fragile planet.” With an insightful and informative introduction by Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes, famed for her bestselling Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

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    Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality

    Introduction by Naomi Oreskes
    Introduction read by Linda Korn
    5.6 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.6 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, the impact of humans on the environment increased dramatically. The twenty-first century ushered in an era of declines in a number of crucial parameters: • Global oil, natural gas, and coal extraction• Yearly grain harvests• Climate stability• Population• Economic growth• Fresh water• Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors, and expectations. Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

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    Peak Everything

    6.6 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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    20.7 hrs • 9/16/2014 • Unabridged

    The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option. In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, reimagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not—and cannot—fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism. Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now. Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain, nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

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    This Changes Everything

    20.7 hrs • 9/16/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 18.0 hrs • 9/24/2013 • Unabridged

    A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity’s future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity’s constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet—only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature. But with a million more of us every four days on a planet that’s not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than twenty countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth—and also the hardest. How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth’s ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world’s cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it’s in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful. By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

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    Countdown

    18.0 hrs • 9/24/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.2 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: us. Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over seven billion of us.And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion. As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of ten billion people is likely to be a nightmare. Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. The Billion is a snapshot of our planet—and our species—approaching a crisis, and it serves as a stark analysis of where this leaves us. The Billion is not another climate book. Ten Billion is a book about us.

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    Ten Billion

    1.2 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.4 hrs • 6/1/2012 • Unabridged

    The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the overexploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously about the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. He contends that the environmental movement is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at large-scale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotes top-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and rife with unintended consequences. Scruton calls for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hypervigilance, suggesting that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.

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    How to Think Seriously about the Planet by Roger Scruton

    How to Think Seriously about the Planet

    10.4 hrs • 6/1/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.9 hrs • 2/15/2011 • Unabridged

    How the Government Got in Your Backyard distills the science, the politics, and the unbiased, nonpartisan truth behind hot-button environmental issues from pesticides to global warming. By clearly representing what the left says, what the right says, what the science is, and what the facts are, Gillman and Heberlig don't set out to provide the answer - they light the path so concerned citizens can uncover their own true and informed opinion. In this season of political discontent, the unbiased truth about environmental policies - free of political agendas - is as refreshing as it is fascinating. How the Government Got in Your Backyard is not for Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives. It's for anyone who is ready to get to the bottom line.

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    How the Government Got in Your Backyard

    8.9 hrs • 2/15/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.3 hrs • 1/14/2009 • Unabridged

    Everywhere you look, all you see is green. People are “living green,” businesses are “going green,” and consumers are “buying green.” But soon, this trendy “green” lifestyle won’t be voluntary. It will be mandatory. In Green Hell, Steve Milloy shows how the government and environmental elites will soon have you under their green thumb, controlling the speed you drive, the temperature of your home, even when you can retire, and that’s just the tip of their melting iceberg.  Milloy argues that our hasty green policies are more harmful to society than helpful to the environment and shows how we can counter the green agenda. We all want a healthy planet, but we don’t need to live in a green nanny state to have one.

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    Green Hell by Steve Milloy

    Green Hell

    7.3 hrs • 1/14/09 • Unabridged
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  10. 11.8 hrs • 11/11/2008 • Unabridged

    Lies, threats, intimidation—these are the global warming alarmists' weapons, and they’re only getting worse under President Barack Obama. From the author of the New York Times bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) comes Red Hot Lies, an exposé of the hypocrisy, deceit, and outright lies of the global warming alarmists and the compliant media that supports them. Did you know that most scientists are global-warming skeptics? Or that environmental alarmists have knowingly promoted false and exaggerated data on global warming? Or that in the Left’s efforts to suppress free speech (and scientific research), they have compared global warming dissent with “treason”? Shocking, frank, and illuminating, Chris Horner’s Red Hot Lies explodes as many myths as Al Gore tries to promote.

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    Red Hot Lies by Christopher C. Horner

    Red Hot Lies

    11.8 hrs • 11/11/08 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.1 hrs • 10/21/2008 • Unabridged

    America is unrivaled in our ability to solve tough problems and create bold, powerful solutions. That’s exactly what we need to do with the energy crisis we now face. We can become energy independent, while lowering prices at the pump today and developing innovative and effective energy alternatives for the future. We can produce an overwhelming supply of oil and natural gas here at home, and break the stranglehold that foreign countries have on our energy supply, and our economy. And we can be responsible stewards of our environment, protecting the grand beauty and richness of our country without sacrificing our robust engines of growth, expansion, and entrepreneurship.  As Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and bestselling author, spells out in stunning simplicity, when it comes to developing domestic energy resources, we can do it all. Isn’t it time we relied on American energy for America’s security and prosperity? With your help, your citizen action, and Newt Gingrich’s plan as laid out in Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, we can solve this energy crisis—and slash gas prices, too.

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    Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

    By Newt Gingrich, with Vince Haley
    4.1 hrs • 10/21/08 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.1 hrs • 6/10/2008 • Abridged

    Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. Where buildings need less and less energy around the world, and where “regenerative” commercial buildings—ones that create more energy than they use—are being designed. A world in which environmentally sound products and processes would be more cost-effective than wasteful ones. A world in which corporations such as Costco, Nike, BP, and countless others are forming partnerships with environmental and social justice organizations to ensure better stewardship of the earth and better livelihoods in the developing world. Now, stop imagining—that world is already emerging. A revolution is underway in today’s organizations. As Peter Senge and his co-authors reveal in The Necessary Revolution, companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. There is a long way to go, but the era of denial has ended. Today’s most innovative leaders are recognizing that for the sake of our companies and our world, we must implement revolutionary—not just incremental—changes in the way we live and work. Brimming with inspiring stories from individuals and organizations tackling social and environmental problems around the globe, The Necessary Revolution reveals how ordinary people at every level are transforming their businesses and communities. By working collaboratively across boundaries, they are exploring and putting into place unprecedented solutions that move beyond just being “less bad” to creating pathways that will enable us to flourish in an increasingly interdependent world. Among the stories in these pages are the evolution of Sweden’s “Green Zone,” Alcoa’s water use reduction goals, GE’s ecoimagination initiative, and Seventh Generation’s decision to shift some of their advertising to youth-led social change programs. At its heart, The Necessary Revolution contains a wealth of strategies that individuals and organizations can use—specific tools and ways of thinking—to help us build the confidence and competence to respond effectively to the greatest challenge of our time. It is an essential guidebook for all of us who recognize the need to act and work together—now—to create a sustainable world, both for ourselves and for the generations to follow.

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  13. 10.5 hrs • 6/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Did you know that pollutants and estrogen from contraceptives are causing male fish in America to develop female sex organs? Or that ethanol, the liberals’ favorite fuel, is destroying the world’s rainforests? We hear about AIDS in Africa, but the number one killer of children in Africa is malaria, and guess who banned the pesticide that used to have malaria under control? Iain Murray’s exposé reveals how environmental blowhards actually do more to waste energy, endanger species, and kill people than those they finger while capitalism, hunting, and old-fashioned property rights have made the planet better.

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    The Really Inconvenient Truths by Iain Murray

    The Really Inconvenient Truths

    10.5 hrs • 6/1/08 • Unabridged
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  14. 4.8 hrs • 11/15/2007 • Unabridged

    Focusing the environmental debate on the principle of common commitment, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and eminent conservationist Terry L. Maple present A Contract with the Earth. They declare a need for bipartisan environmentalism—a new era of environmental stewardship with principles that they believe most Americans will share. While acknowledging that liberals and conservatives do not see eye to eye on many issues, Gingrich and Maple argue successfully that environmental stewardship is a mainstream value that transcends partisan politics. Their thoughtful approaches to our environmental challenges are based on three main premises: environmental leadership is integral to America’s role in the world, technologically savvy environmental entrepreneurs can and should be the cornerstone of environmental solutions, and cooperation and incentives must be dramatically increased to achieve workable and broadly supported environmental solutions. Gingrich and Maple believe that most people—regardless of how they categorize themselves politically—are weary of the legal and political conflicts that prevent individuals and communities from realizing the benefits of environmental conservation. The foundation of the book—a ten-point contract with the earth—promotes ingenuity over rhetoric as the way forward.

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    A Contract with the Earth

    Foreword by E. O. Wilson
    4.8 hrs • 11/15/07 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.9 hrs • 4/15/2007 • Unabridged

    The environment, and the movement that grew up to protect it, is under attack—concerted and purposeful. Yet the need for solutions to pressing environmental problems grows more urgent each day. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Senator John Kerry traveled across the country in a national campaign to see firsthand how these issues unite people across party and ideological lines. From the San Juan Basin to the Gulf of Mexico to the South Bronx, from mothers on Cape Cod to Colorado ranchers, they found a vibrant coalition of people and communities deploying ingenuity, technology, and sheer willpower to save the world they know and love. In this passionate and personal book, Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry shine the spotlight on an inspiring cross-section of these new environmental pioneers. This Moment on Earth combines intensive research with keenly observed personal experiences to present a portrait of Americans devoted to the natural diversity and spectacular uniqueness of our country.

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    This Moment on Earth

    8.9 hrs • 4/15/07 • Unabridged
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  16. 11.5 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Global warming: the Left’s last best chance to gain a stranglehold on our political system and economy For decades, environmentalism has been the Left’s best excuse for increasing government control over our actions in ways both large and small. It’s for Mother Earth! It’s for the children! It’s for the whales! But until now, the doomsday-scenario environmental scares they’ve trumped up haven’t been large enough to justify the lifestyle restrictions they want to impose. With global warming, however, greenhouse gasbags can argue that auto emissions in Ohio threaten people in Paris, and that only “global governance” (Jacques Chirac’s words) can tackle such problems. In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism), Christopher C. Horner tears the cover off the Left’s manipulation of environmental issues for political purposes—and lays out incontrovertible evidence for the fact that catastrophic man-made global warming is just more Chicken-Little hysteria, not actual science. He explains why, although Al Gore and his cronies among the media elites and UN globalists endlessly bleat that “global warming” is an unprecedented global crisis, they really think of it as a dream come true. It’s the ideal scare campaign for those who hate capitalism and love big government. For, as Horner explains, if global warming really were as bad as the Leftist doomsayers insist it is, then no policy imaginable could solve it. According to the logic of the greens’ own numbers, no matter how much we sacrifice there would still be more to do. That makes global warming the bottomless well of excuses for the relentless growth of big government. Horner reveals the full anti-American, anti-capitalist, and anti-human agenda of today’s environmentalists, dubbing them “green on the outside, red to the core.” He details how they use strong-arm legal tactics—and worse—against those who dare to point out the weakness of their arguments for global warming. Along the way, he explodes ten top global warming myths, carefully examining the evidence to determine how much warming there really is and what is actually causing it. He exposes the lies that the environmental lobby routinely tells to make its case; the ways in which it is trying to impose initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol on an unwilling American public; and much more—including the green lobby’s favorite politicians. It’s time to stand up to the environmentalist industry and insist that human beings are not the enemy. In breezy, light-hearted, and always entertaining fashion, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) gives you the facts you need to do so.

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