Environmental Books by SEJ Members (2016)

Are you an SEJ member who's authored, co-authored or edited a non-fiction or fiction environmental book (published in 2016) you'd like included on this page? Documentaries are also welcome. Please send the following to web content manager Cindy MacDonald:

  1. a one-paragraph description
  2. name of publisher and year of publication
  3. ISBN number
  4. .gif or .jpg image of the book cover (optional)
  5. Internet link to more information (optional)

Find links to members' books published in other years here.




"The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens"

By Christine Heinrichs

Chickens went from anonymous fast food to backyard pets in the 21st century. As interest in local food increased, chickens went along as mascot. "The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens" puts information about chickens and the colorful variety of breeds into the hands of newbie keepers, experienced breeders and wishful dreamers. People are familiar with dog breeds, but chicken breeds are less well known. Most have heard of Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns. The Field Guide has photos and background on more than 80 breeds. Mention chickens, and just about everyone will chime in. If they aren’t keeping chickens themselves – yet – they know someone who is. Practical considerations encourage small flock keeping. The USDA is discouraging regular feeding of antibiotics to avoid creating antibiotic-resistant pathogens. People are concerned about humane treatment of food animals. They want fresh eggs. The historic background places these breeds in context. Some breeds have been around for thousands of years and have significant cultural context. This is a book everyone can enjoy, over and over. Voyageur Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780760349533. More information.



"Every Other Breath: Plankton and the Hidden Stories of Climate Change"

By Tony Bartelme

Plankton is indeed fascinating and beautiful. Some of these tiny critters and microbes can secrete deadly neurotoxins. One species can all-but-live forever. They inspire Hollywood filmmakers and artists. They're also under the gun because of climate change. The Post and Courier's e-single, "Every Other Breath," brings this hidden world to the surface. Taking readers from the Carolinas to Bermuda, award-winning journalist Tony Bartelme documents our quest to understand what’s happening to these mysterious creatures. Life literally began with plankton, and changes to the plankton could determine humanity’s fate. "'Every Other Breath' is perhaps the one truly breathtaking story. It’s a universe of miracles under the sea, and we desperately need them — or we die." – Carl Safina, noted author of "Song for the Blue Ocean" and "Beyond Words". Evening Post Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-929647-28-6. More information.



"The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age"

By David Biello

Meet the perhaps unusually optimistic people working toward saving the best home humanity will ever have. From a scientist experimenting with fertilizing the ocean to fight global warming to a government functionary in China cleaning up his industrial seaside town, "The Unnatural World" is a guidebook to a world remade in this new modern era that some call the Anthropocene. Scribner, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4767-4391-2. More information.