Climate Fiction: Can Books Save the Planet?

Read the full story in the Atlantic.

A new literary genre that focuses on the consequences of environmental issues is striking a chord with younger generations—and engaging them in thinking about the Earth’s sustainability.

Artist repurposes vintage books as exquisite paper cups & bowls

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Artists and designers are finding innovative ways to repurpose old books that may no longer be relevant reading material today. So far, we’ve seen books transformed into lamps, sculptures and even full-room art installations cut entirely from vintage books. Now add tableware to the list of possibilities — Swedish artist Cecilia Levy creates exquisite paper plates, bowls and natural forms using small pieces of paper taken from comic books and vintage volumes.

“Good Defeats Evil, Spiderman vs. Owl”. Spiderman magazines and paste. By Cecilia Levy

Designed for the Future: Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

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From packing materials made of mushrooms to buildings engineered to cool and power themselves, sustainable design can play a key role in helping people adapt to a changing planet. That’s a central message of the new book Designed for the Future.

Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

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Have you started a summer reading list? For those of us interested in the sharing economy, there is no shortage of great reads. Whether your interests lie in collaboration, sustainable cities, community-building, simplicity, or work in the new economy, there is something for everyone. We’ve rounded up the top 21 books for summer to inspire, empower, and inform.

Global Water-pricing Practices Suggest Possible Approaches to Managing California Water Scarcity

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As water scarcity and quality issues grow in California and around the world, a new book co-edited by UC Riverside water economist Ariel Dinar and water experts in Spain and Argentina examines the experience of 15 countries where conservation has been achieved through water-pricing incentive systems.

“Water Pricing Experiences and Innovations” (Springer, 2015) presents practices and implementation experiences from many countries that face water scarcity conditions similar to those faced by California and elsewhere, and introduces a wide set of water-pricing methods that California agencies might consider as they address the state’s historic drought. Dinar, professor of environmental economics and policy in the UCR School of Public Policy, edited the book with José Albiac Murillo of the Agrifood Research and Technology Centre in Zaragoza, Spain, and Victor Pochat, a consultant in Buenos Aires, Argentina.