Deakin Lectures 2010 Books

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

James Lovelock

The author's Gaia theory, the idea that our planet is a living, self-regulating system, has transformed the way we see our planet and what is now happening to it. In this book, he distils a lifetime's wisdom and observation of the...

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 Read reviewRequiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change

Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change

Clive Hamilton

Around the world only a few have truly faced up to the facts about global warming. This book is about why we have ignored those warnings, so that now it is too late. And it is about the 21st-century consequences of these failures,...

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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben

In The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he argues, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is...

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The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World

The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World

James Bradfield Moody, Bianca Nogrady

Five waves of innovation, beginning with the Industrial Revolution, have each transformed society, economies and industry. The fifth wave was dominated by information and communications technology but its peak is beginning to...

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The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change

The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change

David Archer (University of Chicago), Stefan Rahmstorf (Universitat Potsdam, Germany)

This book provides a concise and accessible overview of what we know about ongoing climate change and its impacts, and what we can do to confront the climate crisis. Highly illustrated in full colour, it lucidly presents...

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Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change

Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change

Bryan Lovell (Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge)

Offering a unique geological perspective on the oil industry's impact on climate change, Bryan Lovell describes the gradual greening of the oil industry over the last decade. Challenging established prejudices, he outlines a new...

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Too Smart for our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind

Too Smart for our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind

Craig Dilworth (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)

This book explains our ecological predicament by contextualising it against the first scientific theory of humankind's development, drawing on evolution theory, biology, anthropology, archaeology, economics, environmental science...

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A Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How We Can Save the World and Create Prosperity

A Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How We Can Save the World and Create Prosperity

Lord Nicholas Stern

droughts occur in Australia and Darfur...Further substantial climate change is unavoidable and the risks to the natural world, the economy and our everyday lives are immense. Here Lord Stern, a world leading authority on...

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The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity and a Quickly Changing Planet

The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity and a Quickly Changing Planet

David Suzuki, Dave Robert Taylor

Two internationally renowned environmentalists present key issues which will face us today: from the problems of suburban sprawl and options for transportation to how we can protect the earth's biodiversity.

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Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture

Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture

John R. Ehrenfeld

Challenges conventional understandings of 'solving' environmental problems and offers a radically new set of strategies to attain sustainability. This book identifies problematic cultural attributes, such as the unending...

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why The World Needs A Green Revolution - and How We Can Renew Our Global Future

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why The World Needs A Green Revolution - and How We Can Renew Our Global Future

Thomas L. Friedman

Climate change and rapid population growth mean that it's no longer possible for businesses, or the rest of us, to keep doing things the same old way. Things are going to have to change - and fast. This book provides a strategy...

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Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Lester R. Brown

A different energy economy is emerging at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined. This book explores both the nature of this transition and how it will affect our lives.

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Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives

Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives

Tim Soutphommasane (University of Oxford)

Reclaiming Patriotism explores the intertwining concepts of patriotism and Australian national identity. It challenges Australian progressives to speak a new language of nation building politics. Grounded in political philosophy...

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Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness

Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness

Cecile Andrews, Wanda Urbanska

A life of simplicity that is filled with less stuff, less clutter, less debt, less work brings us more. More time for family, friends, community, spirit, creativity, and civic involvement and a chance for a joyful, satisfying...

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What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

Derrick Jensen, Aric McBay

An impassioned critique of the way we handle our waste.

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One World

One World

Peter Singer

Considers the ethical issues surrounding globalisation. The key debates, Singer argues, cut across national boundaries. He addresses each vital issue from an ethical perspective and offers alternatives to the state-centric...

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The Ethics of What We Eat

The Ethics of What We Eat

Jim Mason, Peter Singer

The authors have discovered the link between food choices and human health, animal suffering and environmental degradation could shock and challenge you. Contains essential information on ethical, but practical shopping and...

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The Weather Makers

The Weather Makers

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery makes this urgent issue completely accessible. He tells the fascinating story of climate change over millions of years to help us understand the predicament we face. But burning fossil fuels we are increasing the...

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The Garnaut Climate Change Review

The Garnaut Climate Change Review

Ross Garnaut (Australian National University, Canberra)

The Garnaut Climate Change Review is one of the most important reports to be published in Australia for many years and examines the impacts of climate change on the Australian economy, the costs of adaptation and mitigation, and...

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Climate Code Red

Climate Code Red

David Spratt, Phillip Sutton

In this call to action, David Spratt and Philip Sutton reveal extensive scientific evidence that the global warming crisis is far worse tahn official reports and national governments have indicated, and that we are almost at the...

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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Mark Lynas

An eye-opening and vital account of the future of our earth, and our civilisation, if current rates of global warming persist, by the highly acclaimed author of `High Tide'.

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Future Eaters

Future Eaters

Timothy Flannery

The story of how human beings have consumed the resources they need for their own future. The book examines the first Afro-Asian people to travel down the chain of islands to Australasia and how they changed the flora and fauna,...

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How Are We To Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest

How Are We To Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest

Peter Singer

This assessment of human nature and society suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often escape from the trap of meaninglessness so prevalent in modern society, finding instead a deeper satisfaction in what they...

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Throwim Way Leg: An Adventure

Throwim Way Leg: An Adventure

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery's bestselling account of his adventures in Papua New Guinea. Join Tim Flannery, one of the world's greatest scientist- writers on his unforgettable journey into the heart of a mysterious land. 2004-5 HSC Advanced...

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The Eternal Frontier: an Ecological History of North America & Its Peoplles

The Eternal Frontier: an Ecological History of North America & Its Peoplles

Tim Flannery

The sequel to Tim Flannery's The Future Eaters explores the creation of the North American continent, and the evolution of its modern landscape. Flannery describes the development of North America's flora, and the immigration of...

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Feeding the Planet - Environmental Protection Through Sustainable Agriculture

Feeding the Planet - Environmental Protection Through Sustainable Agriculture

Klaus Hahlbrock, David Skogley

Almost a billion people all over the earth suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Many of them are starving while the world's population continues to grow dramatically. The population in the industrialized nations, whose hunger is...

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Why We Disagree about Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity

Why We Disagree about Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity

Mike Hulme (University of East Anglia)

Mike Hulme provides a unique insider's account of climate change and the diverse ways in which it is understood. He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and...

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The State of the Earth: Environmental Challenges on the Road to 2100

The State of the Earth: Environmental Challenges on the Road to 2100

Paul K. Conkin

When the Japanese Imperial Forces invaded the Philippine Islands at the onset of World War II, they quickly rounded up Allied citizens on Luzon and imprisoned them as enemy aliens.

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Climate Action: A campaign manual for greenhouse solutions

Climate Action: A campaign manual for greenhouse solutions

Mark Diesendorf

Climate Action is a campaign manual that draws upon positive case studies of successful grass-roots social movements from the last few decades, and presents a menu of strategies for activists and citizens who want to pressure...

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Clean Industrial Revolution: Growing Australian Prosperity in a Greenhouse Age

Clean Industrial Revolution: Growing Australian Prosperity in a Greenhouse Age

Ben McNeil

The race is on to find ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Ben McNeil shows us how we can make the most of our natural advantages and how Australian businesses can benefit economically when adapting to the new...

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Country

Country

Tim Flannery

A book about a scientist and a continent, a work of travel and natural history, of contemporary culture and the patterns of history. The author encounters ancient Aboriginal cultures, examines Europeans trying to understand this...

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Now or Never

Now or Never

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery's Quarterly Essay was a national bestseller. Now or Never combines this landmark essay with nine responses to it by leading figures, and Flannery's reply. The result is an essential short book about the most urgent...

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Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart, William McDonough

In this visionary book, chemist Michael Braungart and architect William McDonough challenge this status quo and put forward a manifesto for an intriguing and radically different philosophy of environmentalism. Reduce, reuse,...

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We are the Weather Makers

We are the Weather Makers

Tim Flannery

Most of us suspect that climate change is happening, but is it a terrible threat to our world or an exaggerated beat up? Or is it something in between, an issue that humanity must eventually face, but not yet? Ages 12+

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