PHL 4090/RST 4090 Environmental Ethics
W. Vine 8/25/2014


The following Databases are recommended:

Academic OneFile (Gale)
General OneFile (Gale)
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)


The following Books and e-books are recommended:

Air: Our Planet’s Ailing Atmosphere/ H.Y. Tammemagi. New York: OUP, 2009. QC861.3 T36 2009

The Atlas of Global Conservation/ Jonathan M. Hoekstra. Berkeley: U of C Press, 2010. Ref S936 A75 2010

The A to Z of Environmentalism/ Peter Dauvergne. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2009. [Electronic Resource]

Breakfast of Biodiversity: the political ecology of rain forest destruction/ John H. Vandermeer. Oakland: Food First Books, 2005. SD414 T76 V36 2005

Climate Change in the 21st Century/ Stewart J. Cohen. Montreal: McGill UP, 2009. QC903 C57 2009

Climate Confusion: how global warming hysteria leads to bad science, pandering politicians and misguided policies that hurt the poor/ Roy W. Spencer. New York: Encounter Books, 2009. QC981. 8 G56 S645 2009

The Coming Famine: the global food crisis and what we can do to avoid it/ Julian Cribb. Berkeley: U of C Press, 2010. HD9000.5 C715 2010

The Climate Fix: what scientists and politicians won’t tell you about global warming/ Roger A. Pielke. New York: Basic Books, 2010. QC981.8 G56 P535 2010

A Companion to American Environmental History/ Douglas C. Sackman. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. [Electronic Resource]

Ecology of Industrial Pollution/ Lesley C. Batty. New York: Cambridge UP , 2010. [Electronic Resource]

Environmental Health Ethics/ David B. Resnik. New York: Cambridge UP, 2012. RA566 R47 2012

Environmental Policy and Public Health: air pollution, global climate change, and wilderness/ William A. Rom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012. [Electronic Resource]

Faith in Nature: environmentalism as religious quest/ Thomas Dunlap. Seattle: U of Washington Press, 2004. BL65 N35 D86 2004

Far Field: digital culture, climate change, and the poles/ Jane D. Marsching. Bristol: Intellect, 2012. [Electronic Resource]

Fiscal Policy to Mitigate Climate Change/ Ruud A. de Mooij et al. Washington D.C.: IMF, 2012. [Electronic Resource]

Forest Ecosystems/ David A. Perry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U Press, 2008. QK938 F6 P46 2008

Future Ethics: climate change and apocalyptic imagination/ Stefan Skrimshire. New York: Continuum, 2010. GE42 F88 2010

Global Catastrophes and Trends: the next fifty years/ Vaclav Smil. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008. GB5014 S58 2008

Global Environmental Harm: criminological perspectives/ R.D. White. Portland: Willan Pub., 2010. [Electronic Resource]

The Great Ocean Conveyor: discovering the trigger for abrupt climate change/ Wallace S. Broecker. Princeton: Princeton U Press, 2010. GC190.2 B76 2010

Hidden Depths: atlas of the oceans/ Albert E. Theberge. New York: Collins, 2007. Ref GC6 H6 2007

Historical Dictionary of Environmentalism/ Peter Dauvergne. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2009. [Electronic Resource]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: how to sort through the noise about global warming, the latest health claims, and other scientific controversies/ Sherry Seethaler. Upper Saddle River: FT Press, 2009. Q223 S33 2009

Is a Little Pollution Good for You? Incorporating societal values in environmental research/ Kevin C. Elliott. New York: OUP, 2010. [Electronic Resource]

A Little Data Book on Climate Change. Washington D.C.: World Bank, 2012 [Electronic Resource]

Living in a Dangerous Climate/ Renee Hetherington. New York: Cambridge UP, 2012. GF71 H484 2012

The Lomborg Deception: setting the record straight about global warming/ Howard Friel. New Haven: Yale U Press, 2010. Q175.37 F75 2010

The Medea Hypothesis: is life on earth ultimately self-destructive?/ Peter Douglas Ward. Princeton: Princeton U Press, 2009. [Electronic Resource]

The Ocean of Life: the fate of man and the sea/ Callum Roberts. New York: Viking, 2012. CB465 R62  2012

The Polluters: the making of our chemically altered environment/ Benjamin Ross. New York: OUP, 2010. [Electronic Resource]

The Princeton Guide to Ecology/ Simon Levin. Princeton: Princeton U Press, 2011. [Electronic Resource]

Raising Elijah: protecting our children in an age of environmental crisis/ Sandra Steingraber. Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2011. RA1225 S74 2011

Smart Solutions to Climate Change: comparing costs and benefits/ Bjorn Lomborg. Cambridge: CUP, 2010. QC903 S58 2010

Solutions to Climate Change Challenges in the Built Environment/ Colin Booth. Ames: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. [Electronic Resource]

The Turning Points of Environmental History/ Frank Uekotter. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh Press, 2010. GE50 T87 2010



We receive the journal Environmental Ethics in paper format (1999 to the present) and have available on microfiche issues from1987 to 1998. It is best, however, to search selected subjects and individual topics in the databases listed above as these comprise hundreds of electronic journals.


The following Websites are recommended:


Climate Change and Global Warming:
National Climatic and Data Center and NOAA Satellite and Information Service (US Department of Commerce)

Environmental Protection Agency (US Government)
Climate Change (and numerous other environmental topics) can be found under “Popular Topics” and under “Learn the Issues” (tab at top left of page)

Climate Change at the National Academies (National Academy of Science)

WN Network
World News Network delivers “breaking news” on a large variety of topics world-wide. Examine topics under “Technology & Science.”

Global Warm: latest news form WN Network
Delivers contemporary news from the world press specific to environmental concerns.

Environmental News Network
Editorial mission is …”to inform, educate, enable, and create a platform for global environmental action.”

Natural Resources Defense Council
This large environmental action group seeks to protect and restore air, land, and water resources.

ICECAP – International Climate Change and Environmental Change Assessment Project
Portal to scientific expertise on “all things climate,” funded by private investors.

CO2 Science
A weekly review and repository of expertise on carbon dioxide and global climate change.

The following sites contest the reality, extent, or immediate danger of global climate change and the role of humans as causal agents:

Climate Debate Daily: A New Way to Understand Disputes about Global Warming
Extensive information, pro and con, about the reality and significance of “anthropogenic global warming.” (= AGW)

Science & Public Policy Institute
“…nonprofit institute of research and education dedicated to sound public policy based on sound science.”

Global Warming Hoax: Where on the Truth Heats Up
“News and information about the myth of global warming.” Emphasis on the insignificance of man in the warming equation. All the Junk That’s Fit to Debunk
An extensive site which exposes and controverts “the use of faulty scientific data to advance special interests and hidden agendas.”

Mass Extinction/Species Loss

The Current Mass Extinction/Mass Extinction Underway: The WWW’s Most Comprehensive Source of Information on the Current Mass Extinction

WWF: World Wide Fund for Nature
Look under tab “Our Earth” for extensive coverage of environmental issues, especially “biodiversity” and “species.”

State of the Oceans

International Program on the State of the
Scientific information, links, and blogs

Journey to Planet Earth/ State of the Planet’s Oceans
PBS Site provides programming and information on a wide swath of environmental concerns including the oceans.


GreenFacts: Facts on Health and the Environment
Independent, non-advocacy, non-profit organization whose mission is “to bring scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists.” Extensive reports on and links to environmental topics, including desertification.

Eco-Philosophy and Deep Ecology

Green Web
“Left biocentric perspective”

Sources and links to Green spirituality out of the United Kingdom

The Eco-Philosophy Center
This site’s eco-philosophy was founded on the views of Dr. Henryk Skolimowski (emeritus U of M).

The Green Fuse
Links to large numbers of topics in Environmental philosophy.

Gaia Theory/Medea Hypothesis
Website of James Lovelock, originator of Gaia Theory

The Gaia Theory

A Goddess of the Earth? The Debate over the Gaia Hypothesis

For information about Peter D. Ward’s Medea Hypothesis I would suggest searching the databases selected above. The web does have scattered information about Professor Ward’s work but nothing extensive in one place.

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