Planet 100: Top 10 Green Reads of the Last 10 Years (Video)

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The publication of Silent Spring in 1962 is widely considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since those early roots took hold, a series of seminal books have contributed to its growth and branched the discourse.

For 50 years, environmental writing has played an important role in defining and redefining the most pressing problems of the day—as well as offering solutions.The last 10 years, of course, have been no different. In fact, during the past decade science and environmental writers produced a number of works that have become instant classics.

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Certainly, no environmental reading list would be complete without these top 10 green reads of the last 10 years:

10. Cradle to Cradle

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Architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart's book, Cradle to Cradle, is a manifesto in ecologically intelligent design.

Published in 2002, the book proposes replacing the antiquated design processes of the Industrial Revolution with one that's in harmony with nature.

Read more about Cradle to Cradle:
Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
The First Six Cradle to Cradle Certifications
Cradle to Cradle Announces Green Products Innovation Institute

9. Collapse

In Collapse UCLA Professor Jared Diamond theorizes on how societies succeed or fail by identifying five factors.

From climate change to hostile neighbors, Diamond concludes that a societies response to its environmental problems is the most significant.

Read more about Collapse:
Learning From the Past
Collapse by Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond on Why Societies Collapse (Video)

8. Eating Animals

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Photo credit: Johnathan Safran Foer

Writer Jonathan Safran Foer takes us on a journey to deepest, darkest America: factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses.

Eating Animals explores how we justify our eating habits and challenges us on inconsistencies like being a nation of pet lovers while continuing to devour animals.

Read more about Eating Animals:
An Evening with the Author of 'Eating Animals'
Eating Animals, Or What Not to Eat on Thanksgiving
Jonathan Safron Foer Explains Why Hot Dog Makers Won't Eat Hot Dogs on Colbert Report: (Video)

7. Hot, Flat and Crowded

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Photo credit: Thomas Friedman
New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman lays out his strategy for America's future in Hot, Flat and Crowded.

Climate strategy will not only save the planet from overheating; it will help make America healthier, richer, more productive, and more secure.

Read more about Hot, Flat and Crowded:
Carbon Paper, Baby, Carbon Paper! Tom Friedman Weighs in on Energy Politics, Global Warming, and the Energy Technology Revolution
The Top 5 Technologies That Will Save Us from Climate Change
Quote of the Day: Tom Friedman on "Invent, Invent, Invent!"

6. Whole Earth Discipline

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Photo credit: Stewart Brand

Stewart Brand, veteran writer and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, challenges conventional environmental thinking.

In Whole Earth Discipline, Brand advocates that environmentalists embrace nuclear power and GMOS as technologies with more promise than risk.

Read more about Whole Earth Discipline:
Author of Whole Earth Catalog Favors Nuclear, GMOs, and Geoengineering at Off-Site TED Conference
Colbert Grills Stewart Brand on Nukes, Oil
Stewart Brand and Erich Pica Debate Nuclear Power

5. An Inconvenient Truth

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Photo credit: Al Gore

The film that solidified a movement, An Inconvenient Truth, also raced up the best sellers lists.

Al Gore's book has been described as a user-friendly introduction to global warming and a succinct summary of many of the central arguments.

Read more about An Inconvenient Truth:
RealClimate Reviews the Science of An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth Replaces the Bible
An Inconvenient Truth Off to a Good Start

4. The Omnivore's Dilemma

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Photo credit: Micheal Pollan

Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma asks a simple question: "What should we have for dinner?"

Turns out that simple question has profound political, economic, psychological, and moral implications for all of us and promises to change the way we look at food.

Read more about The Omnivore's Dilemma:
The Omnivore's Dilemma (Book Review)
Vegetarian's Rebuttal to 'The Carnivore's Dilemma'
9 Must Read Books on Eating Well

3. Biomimicry

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Photo credit: Jenine Benyus

Natural sciences writer Janine Benyus's 6th book is entitled Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

In it she seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's designs and processes like solar cells that mimic leaves or businesses that run like redwood forests.

Read more about Biomimicry:
Janine Benyus on Biomimicry in Design (TreeHugger Radio)
Hang On Tight: Biomimicry Explained in Lay Terms
Janine Benyus, Nature's Best 100 Solutions, and 16 Businesses Using Biomimicry
Janine Benyus on Biomimicry (Video)

2. Natural Capitalism

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Photo credit: Paul Hawkins

Environmental heavyweights Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and Hunter Lovins team up for the seminal work, Natural Capitalism.

The book introduces a new business model which values natural resources and ecological systems; presenting an opportunity to innovative companies.

Read more about Natural Capitalism:
Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins
An Interview with Paul Hawken (TreeHugger Radio)
The TreeHugger Interview: L. Hunter Lovins

1. Eaarth

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Photo credit: Bill McKibben

In at number one, Eaarth, with two a's, is the name Bill McKibben gave to both his newest book and the planet formerly known as Earth.

Twenty years after his first book on climate change, McKibben's message is that climate change no longer just a vague threat, but a real and present danger.

Read more about Eaarth:
McKibben On Tour, Stops By New York to Inspire Letterman (Video)
Deep Economy by Bill McKibben (Book Review)
Bill McKibben on Why 350 is the World's Most Important Number (TreeHugger Radio)
Bill McKibben On 350, Winning Change & Encouraging Signs (TreeHugger TV)

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