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UDaily: Essay in "Nature" identifies five important books on sustainability

UDaily: Essay in "Nature" identifies five important books on sustainability

Five books published between 1964 and 1972 can be considered classic studies that first made sustainability the critical public issue it is today, the University of Delaware’s Adam Rome writes in a review essay in the Nov. 26 issue of the journal Nature. Rome, who is the Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment and a professor of history and English, wrote the essay for a special edition that Nature published in advance of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, which opened Nov. 30 in Paris.

The journal presented what it called “a sobering lesson” about the largely unsuccessful efforts over the past 25 years to find agreement on a global climate treaty.

Rome’s essay, “Sustainability: The Launch of Spaceship Earth,” highlights five pioneering books he believes were particularly significant in bringing attention to environmental issues.