Environmental Books by SEJ Members

Are you an SEJ member who's authored, co-authored or edited a non-fiction or fiction environmental book (published in 2015 or 2016) you'd like included on this page? Documentaries are also welcome. Please send the following to web content manager Cindy MacDonald:

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  2. name of publisher and year of publication
  3. ISBN number
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Members' books published in: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and earlier.

Advertise your 2015 or 2016 environmental book in the book-review pages of our quarterly newsletter SEJournal. For only $48 for four issues, keep your book title in front of the membership and subscribers for one full year. Complete the online form and follow the instructions for payment.  SEJ members only.




"Embracing Sustainability: A Warning and a Guide for the Future of Humanity"

By Marc C. Seamon

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"Embracing Sustainability: A Warning and a Guide for the Future of Humanity" was written to help people think in terms of sustainability — to help them recognize the unsustainable practices that are all around them and embrace sustainability as the only feasible model on which to build an existence that will last. It is a collection of essays that reflect on sustainability from a variety of angles. Some of the chapters are philosophical, while a few are utilitarian, explaining how and why certain aspects of society need to change to become sustainable. The book includes 65 chapters, eight color photographs and a color plate. Publisher: Marc C. Seamon, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9968940-0-5. More information.



"Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano that Changed the World"

By Alexandra Witze (SEJ member) and Jeff Kanipe

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"Island on Fire" tells the story of one of history’s greatest untold natural disasters: the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki. Spewing out sun-blocking ash and then a poisonous fog for eight long months, the eruption’s effects lingered across the world for years. It killed people from Iceland to France to Egypt, and it may have even helped trigger the French Revolution. Science writers Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe explore the consequences of this little-known eruption, which underscored how a single volcano on a remote North Atlantic island can change the course of history. Laki has become a touchstone for understanding the relationship among volcanoes, climate change, and the fragility of human societies. Pegasus Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-60598-674-6. More information.



"A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka"

By Meera Subramanian

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In this lyrical and intimate tapestry of five stories dealing with life, loss and survival in modern-day India, Meera Subramanian travels in search of the ordinary people and micro-enterprises rescuing India's natural world from crisis. An engineer-turned-farmer brings organic food to Indian plates. Villagers revive a dead river. Well-intentioned cook stove designers persist on a quest for a smokeless fire. Biologists bring vultures back from the brink of extinction. And in Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished states, a bold young woman teaches young adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health and, in the process, unleashes their untapped potential. In these true stories, Subramanian discovers both cautionary tales and renewed hope for a sustainable and prosperous future for India. PublicAffairs, 2015. ISBN: 978-1610395304. More information.



"Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: essays and photographs from Yangon, Myanmar" (with an introduction by Emma Larkin)"

By Elizabeth Rush

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In 2010, the tectonic plates beneath the junta-controlled Myanmar started to shift. As the military regime began to loosen its reins on power, it auctioned off 80 percent of the country’s state-owned assets and earmarked hundreds of buildings in downtown Yangon for demolition and redevelopment. This opaque but surely profitable fire sale would profoundly reshape the country’s economic landscape and the lives of those who had long called the former colonial capital of Yangon home. Elizabeth Rush, a westerner who has been reporting on South East Asia for years, made good use of strange days just before Myanmar’s awakening to venture into the lost world of downtown Yangon, but it was not the large edifices of Empire that attracted her attention. Rather, she focused on the shop houses and private residences that line the alleyways and it is here, in these forgotten and secluded spaces, that the city’s real secrets have been kept. After all, it was not – in the bad old days of the Burmese regime – just those who were overtly political who had to succumb to the silence. In a world where anyone accused or perceived of being on the wrong side of the regime could end up in prison with no legal recourse, people turned inwards by necessity. Only behind closed doors was it safe to indulge in private obsessions and the day-to-day worries of making ends meet. "Still Lifes from a Vanishing City" celebrates and preserves the interior lives diligently maintained despite the dictatorship’s powerfully effacing reach. Things Asian Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-1934159446. More information.



"The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People"

By David Todd and Jonathan Ogren

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"The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People" explores conservation and ecology in Texas by presenting a highly visual and deeply researched view of the widespread changes that have affected the state as its population and economy have boomed and as Texans have worked ever harder to safeguard its bountiful but limited natural resources. Covering the entire state, from Pineywoods bottomlands and Panhandle playas to Hill Country springs and Big Bend canyons, the project examines a host of familiar and not so familiar environmental issues. Includes 290 color maps, and over 100 other figures. Texas A&M University Press, June 2016. ISBN: 978-1623493721. More information.


"Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography"

By David B. Williams

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Since settlers first arrived in Seattle, the city's citizens have altered the landscape with an unrivaled zeal. We have regraded hills, reengineered tideflats and replumbed lakes to provide better locations for business and easier ways to move through the challenging topography. And we are still at it, though now we also understand that earthquakes and rising sea levels have the potential to change us as much as we have changed the land. In "Too High and Too Steep," David B. Williams uses his deep knowledge of Seattle, scientific background and extensive research and interviews to illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations. Along the way, he also takes you out in the field, bringing this startling history to life. University of Washington Press, September 2015. ISBN: 978-0295995045. More information.






"Under Water: A Strong Current Trilogy Book 1"

By Greg Olmsted

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In "Under Water," Liko escapes from his mother's trailer park in Las Vegas, scuba dives with his uncle in Hawaii and learns about his Hawaiian heritage. Liko’s uncle, Keahi, investigates an explosion and fire at a playground. "Under Ground" introduces Keahi’s workmates and exposes corruption in the Hawaii Department of Water, Wind and Sun. Gasoline continues to escape from an abandoned UST and Keahi investigates, hoping to prevent further casualties. "Under Threat" describes the dramatic effect of a catastrophic oil spill when a super tanker breaks its back off the coast of Waikiki after colliding with a longliner fishing boat. Dirty Business Publishing LLC, available Fall 2015. ISBN: 2015905323. More information.