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93 Articles by Bryan Walker

The Renewable Revolution

The recommendations of Bill McKibben and Ross Gelbspan, among others, attracted me to Sajed Kamal’s book The Renewable Revolution, and its subtitle was an additional enticement: How we can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalise the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future. The book is on a ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in February 2011, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Recycling

Fraser's Penguins

I decided to read Fen Montaigne’s book Fraser’s Penguins; A Journey to the Future in Antarctica because of what I understood it would have to say about climate change. It does say very important things on that subject, but along the way it proved a fascinating account of ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in January 2011, about Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Media, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

World on the Edge

Lester Brown has for years been unwavering and persistent in drawing attention to the gathering environmental dangers humanity faces and pointing to the alternative practices which might yet save us from the worst effects. His widely read Plan B books have appeared at regular intervals throughout the last decade. I ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in January 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Politics & Government (2 comments)

Believing Cassandra

The gift of foresight given to Cassandra was nullified by the accompanying curse that no one would believe her. Her warnings were ignored and ancient Troy fell. It’s a haunting myth which Alan Atkisson harnesses in his book Believing Cassandra: How to be an Optimist in a Pessimist’s ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in December 2010, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Education, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Smart Growth

Renewable Energy: The Facts

Germany is a country which has attracted much attention for taking renewable energy technology seriously, not least because it has gained significant economic advantage in doing so. That lends interest to the publication of an English translation of the book, Renewable Energy: The Facts, by German writers Dieter Seifried and ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in December 2010, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Design, Education, Emissions, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Smart Growth, Solar

Preparing for Climate Change

The global climate is changing.  The impacts on human society are likely to be very serious. We would be foolish indeed not to plan ahead for coping strategies. Michael Mastrandrea and the late Stephen Schneider have produced a small book setting out what we can best do to be ready ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in November 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Education, Environmental Disasters, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior (2 comments)

The Flooded Earth

Paleontologist Peter D. Ward is scared and willing to admit it. He doesn’t mince matters in his latest book The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps. His own work in Earth’s geological past makes him well aware of what changes to the ice caps ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in October 2010, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water, Weather

Fixing the Sky

The notion that if it comes to the worst in climate change we can fall back on geoengineering receives little credence in James Rodger Fleming’s new book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate control. Fleming is a science historian and in the claims of some ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in October 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Media, Weather

The Climate Connection

The authors of The Climate Connection: Climate Change and Modern Human Evolution are deeply aware of the threat to human survival accompanying our rising greenhouse gas emissions. Renée Hetherington and Robert G.B. Reid suggest that a better understanding of our past evolutionary relationship with climate may point to ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in October 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Lifestyle & Behavior, Poverty & Development, Weather

The Weather of the Future

Heidi Cullen takes readers forty years forward in her survey of what is likely to happen in several areas of the world if we continue to burn fossil fuels. Her book is The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet. It is ... keep reading

Written by Bryan Walker in September 2010, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Weather

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