Books

How to turn a boring old book into a stash box

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Instead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist’s 12 days of DIY gifts, we’ll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There’s sure to be a whatsit or wowsit for everyone.

Everyone has secrets. Some of us keep them in boring old shoeboxes. And some of us — the best of us, really — make old books into the hidden compartments a Victorian spy would be proud of. Just do us a favor and pick a really boring book — no one will ever open it!

 

New Book on “Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement”

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has published a new book on Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, edited by SCCCL Associate Director Jessica Wentz and GW Law School Associate Dean of Environmental Studies LeRoy Paddock.  The book examines various opportunities to harness new technologies and management strategies in order to promote voluntary compliance with environmental laws and reduce the cost of agency enforcement. Some of these strategies may prove quite useful for federal and state agencies seeking cost-effective regulatory solutions to manage greenhouse gas emissions from a wide array of different sources.

2014 Green Earth Book Award Winners Announced

The celebration of our 10th annual Read Green Festival kicked off September 18 with the official announcement of the 2014 winners for the Green Earth Book Award, which is a national recognition of authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.

The 2014 Winners

Winner – Picture Book

eye of the whaleThe Eye of the Whale – A Rescue Story, written and illustrated by Jennifer O’Connell (published by Tilbury House)

O’Connell describes the rescue of a humpback whale that was found tangled in lines from crab traps miles off the coast of San Francisco. A team to try to save the massive creature. What happened next provides a captivating ending to this unusual tale and will spark discussion of the whale’s ability to experience and demonstrate emotions. O’Connell’s attractive paintings–many of them full spreads, some with insets–show the rescue from above and below the ocean surface and the tiny size of the divers compared with that of the whale, which is shown from many perspectives. Recommended Age: 5 to 10

Winner – Children’s Fiction

true-blue-scouts-of-sugar-man-swamp-9781442421080_hrThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, written by Kathi Appelt (published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and a big responsibility  Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn is not a member, but he loves the swamp something fierce, and he’ll do anything to help protect it. And help is needed, because world-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to turn the  swamp into an Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park.  Newbery Honoree and National Book Award finalist.   Recommended Age: 8-12

Winner – Young Adult Fiction

Washashore front cover.jpgWashashore, written by Suzanne Goldsmith (published by Lucky Marble Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing)

Fourteen-year-old Clementine Harper must spend a winter on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her mother. She’s what the locals call a “washashore”—someone who’s come to live on the island but isn’t from there. Far from the city life she knows, her best friend and the father she adores, Clem doesn’t fit in. But when she finds a fallen bird—an osprey—she also finds a role for herself helping to bring back the endangered birds, and learns that there are some things you can’t save and some things you can—like osprey nests and, maybe, a lonely boy named Daniel. Recommended Age:  Age 11-up

Winner – Children’s Nonfiction

Layout 1A Place for Turtles, written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond (published by Peachtree Publishers)

In simple yet informative language, A Place for Turtles introduces young readers to the ways human action or inaction can affect turtle populations and opens kids’ minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at turtles, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them. At the end of the book, the author offers readers a list of things they can do to help protect these special creatures in their own communities. Recommended Age:  6-10

Winner – Young Adult Nonfiction

InsideaBaldEagle'sNestFrontCoverInside a Bald Eagle’s Nest: A Photographic Journey Through the American Bald Eagle Nesting Season, written by Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie  (published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

Take a photographic journey of American Bald Eagles during nesting season. Through breathtaking images captured in eagles’ natural habitats, this factual account offers a rare glimpse into the behaviors and activities of America’s national symbol as it prepares a nest, mates, lays eggs, and raises its young. Travel with adult eagles as they gather nest materials, forage for prey, and ward off intruders into their territory. Inside the nest, observe how eaglets grow from hatchlings into fledglings, and experience first flight. Included are tips for observing eagles and a glossary of terms.  Recommended Age:  13-21

Honor Winners

  • Ellie’s Log:  Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell, written by Judith L. Li and illustrated by M.L. Herring (published by Oregon State University Press)
  • Frog Song, written by Brenda Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin (published by Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)
  • Mousemobile, written by Prudence Breitrose and illustrated by Stephanie Yue (published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trombore and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (published by Lee and Low Books)
  • The Lord of Opium, written by Nancy Farmer (published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
  • The Tapir Scientist:  Saving South America’s Largest Mammal, written by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Teaching kids about climate change? Read them a classic story

Read the full story at Grist. See the Environmental Novels LibGuide for fiction for grade schoolers through adults.

A professor of environmental science at Chicago’s DePaul University, [Liam] Heneghan recently started teaching a seminar called the Ecology of Childhood. Working from a list of the 100 most popular children’s books, including classics like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, Heneghan explains that although they weren’t written with ecology in mind, the books are goldmines for environmental meanderings. More, they offer “the most gentle and loving way” to teach kids about the havoc humans are wreaking on nature.

Newspaperman’s book offers intro to area environmental issues

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Don Corrigan covers a lot of ground in his environmental journalism class at Webster University.

Occasionally, students will take a keen interest in one of the many of environmental issues in the area, such as the two who managed to get arrested by Eureka police after trespassing in Times Beach while it was still contaminated with dioxin.

For those who don’t want to get that close, Corrigan’s new book, “Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability, What you Need to Know,” offers readers a short overview of the dozens of environmental issues unique to Missouri and the St. Louis area.

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability

The latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series is now available. The theme is Governing for Sustainability. Here’s the summary, from the publisher’s web site, where they also offer a free preview:

Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.’s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments’ progress has been lackluster. That’s not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Action—on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crises—is being driven by local, people’s, women’s, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations.

These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institute’s highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institute’s 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internet’s impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance.

The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics—and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world.