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Informative & Useful Books
« on: September 30, 2015, 06:13:57 PM »
Please list any books you think might be particularly informative or useful now or in times to come. Cookbooks, gardening books, how to reduce your impact, all manner of how to books, etc.

I'll start with an odd one:

Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics
by Ed Sobey
near Raleigh, North Carolina / USDA Zone 7b

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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2015, 06:35:31 PM »
Gaia's Garden - currently reading and it is completely changing what and how I will grow what I will eat. More fundamentally it will allow me to drastically reduce my water usage while becoming self sufficient food wise. And even more - I believe I will be better equiped to survive a societal meltdown (if/when there is no running water/electricity).

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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2015, 07:33:36 PM »
I saw the opening post and thought about a book, but here it is in the first reply:

Gaia's Garden - currently reading and it is completely changing what and how I will grow what I will eat.
So, I guess I'll to have second that one.  ;)

It's a fantastic book, very informative and inspiring. I can also recommend talks by author Toby Hemenway on Youtube.

A cookbook my wife really likes and I enjoy too, is Nourishing Traditions. The philosophy behind it, based on work by Weston A. Price, appeals to us and makes sense on many levels.

Last year we bought a book on fermentation, called the Art of Fermentation. Haven't read it yet, but should be good.

For those who speak German, Oekobuch Verlag helped me a lot with the practical side of things. They produce quality books about a variety of subjects.
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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2015, 06:41:30 AM »
keep an eye out tor old military handbooks.  i have one from 1941.  it's a how-to manual that covers incredibly broad topics including how to dig a latrine (and build lots of other structures with minimal equipment), first aid for people and animals (including horses) and many other practical bits of info using technology that was available during the second world war.  i also have a bunch of books about gardening, herbalism, foraging, sewing, and other skills.  i think it's important to develop your skills as an individual because we will lose those fossil fuel "energy slaves" and our skills will be more valuable than any gadgets we can save.  pick skills you like, and develop them as hobbies... like beekeeping, or whatever.  also u look less weird if it's "just a hobby" wink wink

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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 07:18:30 AM »
Yes AA, I have a copy of Hard Times Handbook by australians K & I Smith, kept in in our emergency box in case of disasters (earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions are all possiblities living here) . Not a military one but full of all sorts of depression era survival skills & budget saving ideas!

We have lots of gardening & cooking/preserving books in our library, an accumulation of 30+ years of progressive learning, eg. from my trad home garden books from the 60's to John Jeavons then Mel Bartholomews Square Foot Gardening & just now I have out all the permaculture books from our 2 local city's libraries!

So I am enjoying reading the Gaia's Garden too. Plus find these other 2 books a great help with my current campaign to learn more about soil & how to improve mine here.

Building Soil, a down-to-earth approach. Elizabeth Murphy
I found this an excellent introduction & v practical.

Teaming with Microbes, the organic gardener's guide to the soil food web - J Lowefels & W Lewis - these authors are great advocates for adding compost & worm tea etc as their being biologically active materials, in contrast to Gaia's Toby Hemenway who is keener on sheet mulching...I'm working on all fronts here so combining the ideas from all 3 books!


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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 01:52:07 PM »
Thanks for those titles, Clare. I've added them to the next-book-buying-binge list.
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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2019, 07:18:07 PM »
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 07:52:07 AM »

Oh, that's why I didn't find this thread when I searched for "The End of Ice" and "The Unlivable Earth" (two books I borrowed from my library). The thread is several years old. Well, I am sure there have been books on AGW published since Nov 2, 2015, so I'll bump the thread.
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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2019, 08:29:51 AM »
While in Redwood National Park several weeks ago, I picked up The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant, and The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston.

The Wild Trees focused on a few individuals who dedicated their lives to finding the world's tallest living organisms within the Redwood State and National Parks. Quite an interesting read.

The Golden Spruce gives a history of the native people of Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte islands ~70 miles off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. However, the story also focuses on a man, Grant Hadwin, who felled the famous golden Sitka spruce tree.

Hadwin wrote several environmental manifestos (which I painstakingly attempted to find, and was mostly unsuccessful), regarding how people cared for a single organism -- the Golden Spruce -- because it was different, but those same people were completely indifferent to the mass destruction of the old growth forests around them.

Below is one of Hadwin's published letters:

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Re: The Falling of Your "Pet Plant" On January 20 and January 21, 1997.

I put the falling cuts, into a tree, known as the Golden Spruce, near Port Clements, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. The tree is one, of two known Sitka Spruce, I believe, with an unusual colour pigmentation, which apparently causes a slightly golden hue. This tree is situated in a small "island" of old-growth forest, in a vast clear-cut (more or less), known as Haida Gwaii, by The Haida Aboriginal People. The next storm, in Haida Gwaii (if not before) will probably cause this +1000 year old plant, to fall into or near, the Yakoun River.

I don't care much for "freaks" whether they teach in university classrooms, sit in corporate boardrooms, perform in the circus or are put on display, as examples of old growth forest conservation or demonstration forests. I didn't enjoy butchering this magnificent old plant, but you apparently need a message and wake-up call, that even a university trained professional should be able to understand.

I draw your attention, to the Yukon news, of December 11, 1996 and the Daily News, in Prince Rupert, of January 7, 1997. (Next to the article on the Queen Charlotte City garbage dump and the murderer and the pedophile story). Perception is everything, I'm told. I really didn't have much trouble, crossing a rain swollen Yakoun River, at midnight, with a chainsaw and other equipment. Swimming in the Yakoun River, for thirteen minutes at -30 degrees Centigrade, is more challenging. It was challenging, however, to fall a +2 metre diameter Golden, at night, with a 25 inch chainsaw bar and leave this large plant, in a temporary vertical position.

I mean no disrespect, to most of the Haida People, by my actions or to the natural environment, of Haida Gwaii. I do however; mean this action to be an expression, of my rage and hatred, towards university trained professionals and their extreme supports, whose ideas, ethics, denials, part truths, attitudes etc. appear to be responsible for most of the abominations towards amateur life, on this planet.

Unfortunately, institutional professionals appear to be insane, in varying degrees, perhaps due in part to economically and psychologically abusive training methods. Please find enclosed, some of the last known photographs, of the Golden Spruce (unless you hurry), before the next wind storm.

Yours Truly
Grant Hadwin


I honestly was not sure where to put this. I have difficulty articulating my thoughts on this matter. Maybe the whole of humanity would wake up to the destruction of the natural world if many of our favorites were put on display like Hadwin did to the Golden spruce.
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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2019, 01:25:48 PM »
John Jeavons method :



For small an medium scale action :



For those who really are interested in Permaculture, and want a serious method of design :



For those interested in self sufficiency :



For those interested in global economic challenges :




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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2019, 05:11:39 PM »
There is a new book that just came out for the french reading people. "Vivre avec la terre", Actes Sud, written by Mr and Mrs Herve-Gruyer. They manage a permaculture farm in
Bec Hellouin, Normandy. They also have published some videos.

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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2019, 05:23:10 PM »
Contemporary Climate Change Debates
A Student Primer

https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429446252

has just come out. No idea if it is a worthwhile read. (Possibly rather expensive at $31.49 at WHSmith) Xmas present list item  ;)

Contents
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Introduction: Why and how to debate climate change -Mike Hulme
1. Is climate change the most important challenge of our times? -Sarah Cornell and Aarti Gupta
PART I: What do we need to know?
2. Is the concept of ‘tipping point’ helpful for describing and communicating possible climate futures? - Michel Crucifix and James Annan
3. Should individual extreme weather events be attributed to human agency? - Friederike E.L. Otto and Greg Lusk
4. Does climate change drive violence, conflict and human migration? - David D. Zhang and Qing Pei; Christiane Fröhlich and Tobias Ide
5. Can the social cost of carbon be calculated? - Reyer Gerlagh and Roweno Heijmans; Kozo Torasan Mayumi
PART II: What should we do?
6. Are carbon markets the best way to address climate change? -Misato Sato and Timothy Laing; Mike Hulme
7. Should future investments in energy technology be limited exclusively to renewables? - Jennie C. Stephens and Gregory Nemet
8. Is it necessary to research solar climate engineering as a possible backstop technology? - Jane C.S. Long and Rose Cairns
PART III: On what grounds should we base our actions?
9. Is emphasising consensus in climate science helpful for policymaking? - John Cook and Warren Pearce
10. Do rich people rather than rich countries bear the greatest responsibility for climate change? - Paul G. Harris and Kenneth Shockley
11. Is climate change a human rights violation? - Catriona McKinnon and Marie-Catherine Petersmann
PART IV: Who should be the agents of change?
12. Does successful emissions reduction lie in the hands of non-state rather than state actors? - Liliana B. Andronova and Kim Coetzee
13. Is legal adjudication essential for enforcing ambitious climate change policies? - Eloise Scotford; Marjan Peeters and Ellen Vos
14. Does the ‘Chinese model’ of environmental governance demonstrate to the world how to govern the climate? - Tianbao Qin and Meng Zhang; Lei Liu and Pu Wang
15. Are social media making constructive climate policymaking harder? - Mike S. Schäfer and Peter North

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Re: Informative & Useful Books
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2019, 01:06:24 PM »
A collection. Oldie but a goodie. Still gleaning info from it, personally.