2021 longlist for writing on Global Conservation

 

A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough

A legacy-defining book from Sir David Attenborough, reflecting on his life’s work, the dramatic changes to the planet he has witnessed, and what we can do to make a better future.

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A World on the Wing by Scott Weidensaul

Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world – yet the science that informs these majestic journeys is still relatively in its infancy.

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Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world, and shows that fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet on which we live, and life itself.

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Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs

How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to these animals been transformed by technology? What future awaits us, and them?

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Ice Rivers by Jemma Wadham

Prompted by an illness that took her to the brink of death and back, in Ice Rivers Jemma recalls twenty-five years of expeditions around the globe, revealing why the glaciers mean so much to her – and what they should mean to us.

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Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn

This is a book about abandoned places: ghost towns and exclusion zones, no man’s lands and fortress islands – and what happens when nature is allowed to reclaim its place.

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Net Zero: How We Stop Causing Climate Change by Dieter Helm

In Net Zero, economist Dieter Helm addresses the action we all need to take to tackle the climate emergency: personal, local, national and global. Reducing our own carbon consumption is the first step.

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Riders on the Storm by Alastair McIntosh

Climate change is the greatest challenge to humankind today. Whilst COVID-19 sheds a light on the vulnerability of our world, global warming will be permanent, indeed catastrophic, without a massive shift in human behaviour.

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The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann

Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we’ve been told we can save the planet. But are individuals really to blame for the climate crisis? Seventy-one per cent of global emissions come from the same hundred companies, but fossil-fuel companies have taken no responsibility themselves.

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The Reindeer Chronicles by Judith D. Schwartz

In a time of uncertainty about our environmental future—The Reindeer Chronicles by Judith Schwartz is an eye-opening global tour of some of the most degraded places on earth, and stories of how a passionate group of eco-restorers is leading the way to their revitalization.

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Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert

The author of the international bestseller The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: after doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it?

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What If We Stopped Pretending? by Jonathan Franzen

‘If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world’s inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.’

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