EcoBooks 37.3

Published: May 2011

Whether it’s made of paper or pixels, the latest issue of Alternatives Journal is essential reading. Fresh from his legacy tour, David Suzuki reveals his inner-most thoughts; tar sands decrier Andrew Nikiforuk rips into “ethical oil;” the country’s top green writers tell us what they keep by their bedsides; we look at last year’s bestsellers; and publishing-industry guru Nic Boshart gives you the lowdown on e-books. Accompanied by 22 reviews of ecobooks and eco-films as well as beautiful art from Robert Bateman, David Blackwood and others, this issue of Alternatives is one read you won’t put down.

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Here's what else you get when you buy the issue:

Letters to the Editor
Clayton Ruby's tarnation, Feds also sin…

On My Shelf Four of Canada’s leading environment writers reveal their favourite eco-reads.

Disaster Warning - Robert Page
Home to three oceans, Canada had best heed BP’s legacy in the Gulf of Mexico.

In Review: A Part, Not Apart - Brendon Larson
Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism by Paul Wapner is reviewed by Brendon Larson.

In Review: This Time, We Mean It - Tom Bird
Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Rodger and How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, by Jeff Goodell reviewed by Tom Bird.

In Review: Squabbling Munks - Kyrke Gaudreau
The Munk Debates: Volume One by Rudyard Griffiths reviewed by Kyrke Gaudreau.

In Review: Toxic Whodunnit - Kate Davies
Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber reviewed by Kate Davies.

In Review: Good Carbon - Jeri Parrent
The Biochar Debate: Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility by James Bruges by reviewed by Jeri Parrent.

In Review: Grave Waters - Jim Cornallt
Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis by Alanna Mitchell and Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean by Julia Whitty reviewed by Jim Cornall.
Black Ice - the art of David Blackwood.

In Review: Beyond Stupid - Mark Brooks
Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change by Clive Hamilton reviewed by Mark Brooks.
New Works - the art of Robert Bateman.

In Brief: 37.3
Short Reviews of "The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma - John and Mary Theberge
Empires of Food - Evan D.G. Fraser and Andrew Rimas
The World According to Monsanto - Marie-Monique Robin
Bottled & Sold - Peter H. Gleick
City Farmer - Lorraine Johnson
Climate Refugees - Collectif Argos
Empty - Suzanne Weyn
The Spirit Level - Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Index of Books and Reviews The Last Word: Media Messing the Message - Chris Wood
The new “media ecology” delivers more morsels but less nourishment.

Publication of this issue was made possible by The Gosling Foundation; The Salamander Foundation; and the support from our many subscribers. We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (; EJLB Foundation; Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; The McLean Foundation; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Trillium Foundation; Ontario Work Study Plan. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage toward our project costs. The support of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Environmental Studies Endowment Foundation is appreciated.

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