EcoBooks – Alternatives Journal Issue: 37.3

Whether it’s made of paper or pixels, the latest issue of Alternatives Journal is essential reading. Fresh from his legacy tour, David Suzuki reveals his inner-most thoughts; tar sands decrier Andrew Nikiforuk rips into “ethical oil;” the country’s top green writers tell us what they keep by their bedsides; we look at last year’s bestsellers; and publishing-industry guru Nic Boshart gives you the lowdown on e-books. Accompanied by 22 reviews of ecobooks and eco-films as well as beautiful art from Robert Bateman, David Blackwood and others, this issue ofAlternatives is one read you won’t put down.

Editorial: No Freedom for Kindles
Nicola Ross

Letters to the Editor: 37.3
Clayton Ruby’s tarnation, Feds also sin…

Noggin Scratcher
Test your eco-smarts with this environmental crossword. Click here to see the answers.

On My Shelf
Four of Canada’s leading environment writers reveal their favourite eco-reads.

Doom Busters
Tenille Bonoguore
They came, they read and now Canadians are taking action.

David Richard Boyd
An exclusive interview: David Suzuki reveals how we can avoid despair on Earth.
An Unfinished Man – a review of Force of Nature
Where New Stories Begin – a review of The Legacy

The Devil’s Tears
Andrew Nikiforuk
Ezra Levant buries the truth in Alberta’s magic sandbox.
Beautiful Destruction – the photography of Louis Helbig.

Disaster Warning
Robert Page
Home to three oceans, Canada had best heed BP’s legacy in the Gulf of Mexico.

Honest to Goodness
James Hoggan
Three simple rules to repair public mistrust of polluters.

Brave New Book World
Nic Boshart
Digital printing and electronic readers will save publishing, not kill it.
Information Is Beautiful – the infographics of David McCandless.

In Review: A Part, Not Apart
Brendon Larson
Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism by Paul Wapner is reviewed by Brendon Larson.

In Review: This Time, We Mean It
Tom Bird
Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Rodger and How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, by Jeff Goodell reviewed by Tom Bird.

In Review: Squabbling Munks
Kyrke Gaudreau
The Munk Debates: Volume One by Rudyard Griffiths reviewed by Kyrke Gaudreau.

In Review: Toxic Whodunnit
Kate Davies
Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber reviewed by Kate Davies.

In Review: Good Carbon
Jeri Parrent
The Biochar Debate: Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility by James Bruges by reviewed by Jeri Parrent.

In Review: Grave Waters
Jim Cornall
Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis by Alanna Mitchell and Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean by Julia Whitty reviewed by Jim Cornall.
Black Ice – the art of David Blackwood.

In Review: Beyond Stupid
Mark Brooks
Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change by Clive Hamilton reviewed by Mark Brooks.
New Works – the art of Robert Bateman.

In Brief: 37.3
Short Reviews of “The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma” by John and Mary Theberge; “Empires of Food” by Evan D.G. Fraser and Andrew Rimas; “The World According to Monsanto” by Marie-Monique Robin; “Bottled & Sold” by Peter H. Gleick; “City Farmer” by Lorraine Johnson; “Climate Refugees” by Collectif Argos; “Empty” by Suzanne Weyn; and “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Bond – Green Bond
Chris Lowry
Tom Rand targets clean-tech investments with 007 precision.

Index of Books and Reviews

The Last Word: Media Messing the Message
Chris Wood
The new “media ecology” delivers more morsels but less nourishment.

Publication of this issue was made possible by The Gosling Foundation; The Salamander Foundation; and the support from our many subscribers.

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (; EJLB Foundation; Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada; Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Ivey Foundation; The McLean Foundation; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Trillium Foundation; Ontario Work Study Plan; Suncor Energy; YMCA Youth Eco Internship Program. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage toward our project costs.

The support of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Environmental Studies Endowment Foundation is appreciated.


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