Audiobooks for Earth Day

Fiction
year of the floodYear of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
“The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God’s Gardeners–a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life–has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived.”water knife again

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalup
Set in a future when “Water is more precious than gold in the American Southwest. With the death toll rising, will the companies come to a settlement to divy up the water?”

Flight Behavior  by Barbara Kingsolverflight behavior
“Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions-religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians-trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.”

Solarsolar by Ian McEwan
“Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.”

The Age of Miracles age of miraclesby Karen Thompson Walker
“On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray… As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.”

Nonfiction
Toms River: a Story of Science and Salvationtoms river by Dan Fagin
“One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.”

Hot, Flat, and Crowdedhot flat and crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
“New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman brings his unique point of view to the red hot topic of global climate change. Here he proposes a national plan for going green that will not only benefit the earth, but also make America’s economy stronger and its borders more secure.”

Hope for Animals and Their World hope for animalsby Jane Goodall with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson
“At a time when we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, renowned scientist Jane Goodall brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom…At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, this book presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.”

This Changes Everything this changes everythingby Naomi Klein
“Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein … builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies”

The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural Historysixth extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
“From the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a powerful and important work about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a compelling account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.”

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/

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