Climate-Wise Landscaping

By Sue Reed, Ginny Stibolt, New Society Publishers

Predictions about future effects of climate change range from mild to dire — but we're already seeing warmer winters, hotter summers, and more extreme storms. Proposed solutions often seem expensive and complex, and can leave us as individuals at a loss, wondering what, if anything, can be done. Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt offer a rallying cry in response — instead of wringing our hands, let's roll up our sleeves. Based on decades of experience, this book is packed with simple, practical steps anyone can take to beautify any landscape or garden, while helping protect the planet and the species that call it home. Topics include: Working actively to shrink our carbon footprint through mindful landscaping and gardening Creating cleaner air and water Increasing physical comfort during hotter seasons Supporting birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife. This book is the ideal tool for homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals who want...

Is Inequality in America Irreversible?

By Chuck Collins, Polity Books

We are living in a time of extreme inequality, and few places are more unequal than the United States. America's 20 richest people now own more wealth than the bottom half of the rest of the population combined. Although there’s a growing realization that this is grotesque, many politicians accept it as irreversible. In this book, leading US scholar and activist Chuck Collins succinctly diagnoses the causes and drivers of rampant inequality, and demolishes simplistic theories that hold that current inequalities are primarily the result of technological change and globalization or differences in merit. He argues that these inequalities have their roots in forty years of the powerful and wealthy rigging the entire system in their favor. He proposes a wide range of public policies to roll back decades of accelerating inequality, analyses the barriers to progress, and shows how transformative local campaigns can be made into a national movement for change. This book is a powerful analysis of how...

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