Nature and Environmental Book Reviews

Short List of Best Nature and Environmental Books



Short List of Best Nature and Environmental Books - Planet Earth



Short List of Recommended Books on Planet Earth: Earth from Space

Earthrise: How Man First Saw the EarthEarthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth
Robert Poole

In Earthrise historian Poole reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the first photographs taken of Earth from space, and how those amazing images forever changed our view of the Earth. Snapped on the fly during the tightly scheduled 1968 Apollo 8 mission, the iconic photo dubbed "Earthrise"--the image of a cloudy blue Earth rising over a starkly monochromatic lunar surface--stunned everyone. Astronaut Frank Borman called it "the most beautiful, heart-catching sight of my life." Paradoxically, rather than turning people's eyes on a future in space, the photo refocused them on Earth, and was a powerful stimulus to the environmental movement. 2010, Yale University Press

OrbitOrbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth
Jay Apt, Michael Helfert and Justin Wilkinson

This awe-inspiring collection of photograhs gives those of us stuck on Earth a glimpse of what our home planet looks like from the window of a spacecraft. All the continents are shown, as well as weather events, the aurora borealis, and the visible effects of anthropogenic environmental change - deforestation and desertification chief among them. Take a sobering look at our lovely planet and realize how small and fragile it really is. 2003, National Geographic

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Short List of Recommended Books on Planet Earth: Images of Nature

A Collaboration with Nature

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A Collaboration with Nature
Andy Goldsworthy

Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy uses a seemingly infinite array of purely natural materials, from snow and ice to leaves, stone, and twigs in the creation of his one-of-a-kind sculptures. The delicate tensions and balance of his sculptural collaborations encourage a sharpened perception of the natural world. Ultimately the materials used to create each piece returned to their natural state, leaving no trace of the artwork's existence save for the stunning photos in this book. 1990, Harry N. Abrams


Here on EarthHere on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet
Tim Flannery

Beginning at the moment of creation with the Big Bang, Here on Earth explores the evolution of Earth from a galactic cloud of dust and gas to a planet with a metallic core and early signs of life within a billion years of being created. Flannery describes the formation of the Earth’s crust and atmosphere, as well as the transformation of the planet’s oceans from toxic brews of metals to life-sustaining bodies covering 70 percent of the planet’s surface. Flannery then turns to the fascinating story of the evolution of our own species. Drawing on Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Russell Wallace’s theories of evolution and Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, Here on Earth is a dazzling account of life on our planet. 2011, Atlantic Monthly Press

One PlanetOne Planet: A Celebration of Biodiversity
Nicolas Hulot

Text and photographs of eight ecosystems - oceans, deserts, grasslands, polar regions, wetlands, mountains, forests, and cities - portray the beauty of the natural world as well as images of its destruction. This splendid and bracing global overview summons up a renewed sense of connection and commitment to the planet. 2006, Harry N. Abrams

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Short List of Recomended DVDs on Planet Earth: Images of Nature

Planet Earth and The Blue Planet Seas of LifePlanet Earth & The Blue Planet Seas of Life (Special Collector's Edition - 10 DVD Set)
Alastair Fothergill, producer

BBC natural history producer Alastair Fothergill spent the last ten years producing two of the most stunningly beautiful series ever created. Seas of Life is the definitive exploration of the marine world, chronicling the mysteries of the deep, coastline populations, sea mammals, tidal and climatic influences, and the complete biological system that revolves around the world's oceans. Planet Earth uses high definition photography and revolutionary ultra-high speed cameras to produce the ultimate portrait of our planet - capturing rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. Sixteen hours of viewing time, including many extra features. 2007, BBC Warner

Rivers & TidesRivers & Tides (DVD)
Thomas Riedelsheimer, director

This documentary focuses on artist Andy Goldsworthy, a sculptor whose medium is nature itself and whose preferred studio is the outdoors, particularly where water forever flows, rises, and/or retreats. The soft-spoken artist is seen hard at work making ephemeral sculptures out of bits of ice in the trees, or building tall, mysterious cones from loose rock, which stand like spiritual sentinels in forests and on shorelines, overgrown by plants or swallowed daily by high tides. A mesmerizing, poetic and contemplative portrait of this renowned sculptor. 2004, New Video Group

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