Books

Environment: Why Read the Classics?

Edgar Vaid
| 13th November 2012
Edgar Vaid reviews a compilation of six essays by leading environmental thinkers, including Ecologist editor-in-chief, Satish Kumar. Each essay is based on a book that has become an environmental classic.

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Urban Beekeeping

Edgar Vaid
| 23rd October 2012
Intrigued by the growing popularity of urban beekeeping, Edgar Vaid recommends a book that works well as a manual for aspiring beekeepers ...

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The Nature of Business

Chris Nichols
| 8th October 2012

“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it”: with this quote Giles Hutchins penetrates to the heart of the paradox he confronts in his book and shows that our apparent prosperity built on machine innovation conceals the deeper genius in nature that offers a richer future.

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The Weeder's Digest: Identifying and enjoying edible weeds

The Weeder’s Digest

Andy McKee
| 17th July 2012
Ever had trouble spotting your hogweed from your hemlock, or your coltsfoot from your charlock? It's a problem Andy McKee will never face again, thanks to Gail Harland's comprehensive new guide on edible weeds

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The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa

Mark Newton
| 9th May 2012
From slave labour to armed conflict, our thirst for natural resources has created serious problems for Africa. Pádraig Carmody’s latest book attempts to unravel the moral morass, says Mark Newton

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Learning from the Octopus

Learning from the Octopus

Rachael Stubbins
| 3rd May 2012
Did you know that the humble octopus can teach us how to prevent security threats or deal with natural catastrophes? Nor did Rachael Stubbins until she read Rafe Sagarin’s new book

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The Peregrine

The Peregrine

Mark Newton
| 26th April 2012
A masterpiece of nature writing, J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ is well worth revisiting, says Mark Newton, not just for the prose but also to help us re-engage with the natural world

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The World’s Heritage

The World’s Heritage

Ruth Styles
| 15th March 2012
Championing conservation and shining a spotlight on some of the planet’s most iconic places, UNESCO's latest tome, The World’s Heritage, is an inspiring read, says Ruth Styles

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The Arctic: Treasure of the North

Arctic: Treasure of the North

Priyanka Mogul
| 17th February 2012
Authors Bernd Römmelt and Thomas Henningsen have captured the Arctic’s stunning beauty and documented the struggle to survive in the face of climate change, says Priyanka Mogul

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