This course will explore how social, industrial, and governmental forces have created disproportionate environmental burdens for people of color and the poor in the United States. It will investigate the role of science in understanding these inequalities
Just a selection of print and online books that focus on environmental issues, as they relate to societal inequities. Use books as a starting point, to help generate ideas regarding your chosen topic. And be sure to browse the shelves or online to find other related books.
Animal Factory by David Kirby
Call Number: TD195 .A34 K57 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-02
Swine flu. Bird flu. Unusual concentrations of cancer and other diseases. Massive fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. Recalls of meats, vegetables, and fruits because of deadly E-coli bacterial contamination. Recent public health crises raise urgent questions about how our animal-derived food is raised and brought to market.
Fire Underground by David DeKok
Call Number: TN315 .D448 2010
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
How a modern-day mine disaster has turned a Pennsylvania community into a ghost town.
Flint Fights Back by Benjamin J. Pauli
Call Number: GE235.M53 P38 2019
Publication Date: 2019-05-07
An account of the Flint water crisis shows that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water is part of a broader struggle for democracy.
While environmental disputes and conflicts over fossil fuel extraction have grown in recent years, few issues have been as contentious in the twenty-first century as those surrounding the impacts of unconventional natural gas and oil development using hydraulic drilling and fracturing techniques--more commonly known as "fracking"--on local communities.
The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley
Call Number: HV636 2005.L8 B75 2006
Publication Date: 2006-05-09
An account of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm devastated the region and its citizens. But its devastation did not reach across racial and class lines equally.
Love Canal Revisited by Elizabeth D. Blum
Call Number: GE235 .N7 B58 2008
Publication Date: 2008-03-19
Thirty years after the headlines, Love Canal remains synonymous with toxic waste. When this neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York, burst upon the nation's consciousness, the media focused on a working-class white woman named Lois Gibbs, who gained prominence as an activist fighting to save families from the poison buried beneath their homes.
Oil in the Environment by John A. Wiens (Editor)
Call Number: TD196 .P4 O386 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-18
What light does nearly twenty-five years of scientific study of the Exxon Valdez oil spill shed on the fate and effects of a spill? How can the results help in assessing future spills? How can ecological risks be assessed and quantified?
Toxic Airs brings together historians of medicine, environmental historians, historians of science and technology, and interdisciplinary scholars to address atmospheric issues on a spectrum of scales from body to place to planet.
On a global scale, humans create around 2.6 trillion pounds of waste every year. None of this trash is harmless--landfills and dumps leak toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater, while incinerators release toxic gases and particles into the air. What can we do to keep garbage from swallowing up Earth?
A unique and accessible examination of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The book took an in-depth look at the Bay's vital signs to gauge the overall health of its entire ecosystem and to assess what had been done and what remained to be done to clean up the Bay.
Published in print and online 44 times a year, the single-themed CQ Researcher report offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. You can view and search across all of our CQ resources here.