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Recommended reading
  • Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet. (free online book)
  • The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, Rob Hopkins
  • Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual, Myke Hawke
  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture, Toby Hemenway
  • Pandora's Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway, Jeff Alexander
    A World Without Ice, Henry Pollack -- UM professor and member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Reflections from the North Country, Sigurd Olson -- classic nature writing from Minnesota and the Boundary Waters
  • Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, Steven Solomon -- a history of the role of water in human civilization and the impact today of freshwater scarcity.
  • The Wilderness World of John Muir, edited by Edwin Way Teale -- a collection of some of John Muir's best writing.
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
  • Betting the Earth: How We Can Still Win the Biggest Gamble of All Time, by John Charles Kunich. Looks at risk factors of climate change scenarios crossed with various decisions (or lack of decisions) to address them.
  • Halfway to Heaven, Mark Obmascik. August is our "fun read" month. This book is a witty account of a middle-aged journalist who sets out to climb all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains in one year. Also the author of "The Big Year".
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, Timothy Egan. Early history of the National Forest Service, by the author of The Worst Hard Time.
  • The Changing Environment of Northern Michigan: A Century of Science and Nature at the University of Michigan Biological Station, K. J. Nederhoffer, A.J Hogg, and B. A. Hazlett, eds.

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