This is a personal reading list of books and articles I have read and that influenced me as well as others that I want to read. (Last updated 2013)
- Against Extinction by Bill Adams (highly recommended, planning to read)
- The Mystery of Capital by Hernan de Soto
- Nature Unbound by Brockington, Duffy and Igoe (read it)
- The New Politics of Conservation by David Johns (planning to read)
- Making Political Ecology by Robert Neumann
- Trade-Offs in Conservation edited by Nigel Leader-Williams, Bill Adams (read it)
- Prosperity Without Growth, by Timothy Jackson (planning to read)
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (read it)
- Conservation, Vol III: Conservation and Development, by Bill Adams (planning to read key chapters)
- Nature Crime: How we’re getting conservation wrong by Rosaleen Duffy (planning to read – hopefully not too depressing)
- The Idea of Biodiversity by David Takacs (read it)
- Who cares about wildlife? Social science concepts for exploring human-wildlife relationships and conservation ideas by Michael Manfredo (read it)
Authors from the South (mainly India) recommended by an Indian classmate for non-Western perspectives:
- Ramachandra Guha (read it, see blog posts related to this)
- Madhav Gadgil (together with Guha have writtend some of the first books on ecology & the environment)
- Arun Agrawal (Political Economy)
- Mahesh Rangarajan (Env Historian)
- K. Sivaramakrishnan(Env historian): Ecological Nationalism, co edited along with Gunnel Cederlof is a great read
- Vandana Shiva (Eco-feminist)
- Vasant Sabharwal & Ashwini Chhatre
- Ashish Kothari
- Amita Baviskar (Political Ecology)
- Anil Agarwal & Sunita Narain
My classmates, friends, colleagues and family regularly send me articles and videos that they think are worth sharing, so here are a few:
- Animated talk on whether we are moving towards an ’empathic civilisation’ shared with me in November 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g
- Slide-show with voice over on tools for effective science communication (sent in October 2010): http://ian.umces.edu/broadcast/ebm_webinar_sep_2009/player.html
- ‘Info-gram’ by the IIEA that illustartes the negotiation positions, commitments, priorities and respective emissions of the seven key actors as they enter negotiations at the Cancun [climate change] Conference, November 2010. http://www.iiea.com/blogosphere/the-cancun-o-gram.
- Rolling Stone article on Obama and the Gulf oil spill (June 2010): http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965
- Video trailer, in which my friend’s favorite quote is “Life is too short to be pretending”: http://www.relentlessenergy.com/films/view/lives-of-the-artists-trailer-xavier-de-le-rue
- Radio documentary on the negotiations at Copenhagen last year for the climate conference:http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00w6pp4/What_Happened_at_Copenhagen/. It includes lots of interviews with people involved and provides real insight into the way these negotiations (don’t) work.
- A TED talks presentation sent to me in November 2010 of a man who saw an Inconvenient Truth and started a Green School: http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hardy_my_green_school_dream.html
- Documentary news piece on human-elephant conflict in India (sent to me in November 2010) http://ibnlive.in.com/news/30-mins-god-in-distress/135559-3.html
- Farms to harvest animal parts ‘not the answer’ [to alleviating wild poaching] – BBC news article 19 November: 2010 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11787324
- Mining, communities, development, change – India (sent to me in November 2010): http://www.indiatogether.org/2010/oct/law-mining.htm
- Article on leopards living in agricultural landscapes near people in India – not the story that you would expect (sent in November 2010): http://www.projectwaghoba.in/leopard_article.htm
- Article in French painting a vision of a new and better future (sent in October 2010): http://www.fondation-nicolas-hulot.org/sites/default/files/pdf/publications/chapitre_2_vision_une_nouvelle_ere_simpose.pdf
- On REDD (Reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation – a plan to pay governments to maintain their forests as a way to reduce carbon emissions and maintain carbon sinks): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/asia/29iht-indo.html?_r=1&ref=global-home (sent November 2010)
- More on REDD from REDD monitor, a very informative blog with views on what may become a very important new form of global environmental governance: http://www.redd-monitor.org/
- Persian Leopard Conservation Society (sent November 2010): www.persianleopardcs.org
- Mongabay An impressive collection of environment news written mostly by one passionate person.
- Richard Black, BBC Environment Correspondent Richard Black does a great job covering environmental issues.
- Sustainable home design Re-Nest at ApartmentTherapy.com shows tours of green houses and ideas for green living and green interior design
- Leadership for Conservation A blog of the students undertaking the MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge.
- Cambridge University Conservation Leadership masters program
- Stories about marine conservation Link to book Adrift, Tales of Ocean Fragility
- Biodiversity Media Alliance The Biodiversity Media Alliance aims to boost the quantity and quality of media coverage of biodiversity issues.
- Conserve Words Mini-summaries of new conservation biology research, as a Twitter feed