Chapter 3 Suggested Reading

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 2005. Ecosystems & Human Well-Being: Synthesis Report. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Written for use by national and international policy-makers, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment represents the work of thousands of scientists. This is the most authoritative and comprehensive review of the state of biodiversity, at least as it affects human well-being.

United Nations Environment Programme. 2002. Global Environmental Outlook 3: Past, Present and Future Perspectives. Earthscan Publications, Ltd., London.
Review of trends from 1972–2002 and prospects to 2032 of environmental conditions on land, freshwater, coastal, and marine areas. Also includes focus on biodiversity, the atmosphere, urban areas, and the impacts of disasters. Includes a CD-ROM with data used in preparing the report for further exploration.

World Resources Institute. 2002. World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth: Balance, Voice and Power. World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.
Most current in a series of analyses of environmental trends and their impacts on human lives and social resources. Includes detailed country by country data on various population and environmental indicators.

Stein, B. A., L. S. Kutner, and J. S. Adams (eds.). 2000. Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
The most complete review of the current status of and notable threats to biodiversity in the U.S.

Wackernagel, M. and W. Rees. 1996. Our Ecological Footprint: reducing human impact on the Earth. New Society Publishers, Philadelphia.
An important overview of the impacts of our lifestyle practices on the world, and suggestions for reducing those impacts at larger scales. Also steps that each person can undertake to reduce impacts.

Hertsgaard, M. 1999. Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future. Broadway Book, NY.
Based on a world tour of 19 countries and investigative reporting, this book paints a haunting portrait of environmental change and our prospects for the future.

Quamman, D. and K. Ellingsen. 1997. The Song of the Dodo: Island biogeography in an age of extinction. Simon & Schuster, New York.
A readable description of how species extinctions have been caused by human activities and how our understanding of these processes has grown.

Carson, R. 2002. (40th Anniversary Edition of 1962 original). Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York.
Silent Spring was widely read after it came out in 1962. As a result, the public became aware of the environmental and human health risks of indiscriminate pesticide use. As a result of the citizen movement that sprang up against these uses, new laws to protect air, water, and land from pollution were passed in the late 1960s and early 1970s.