Jonathan Silvertown's Top Book Recommendations

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At the current rate of increase, the world's population is likely to reach ten billion by the middle of the twenty-first century. What will be the challenges posed by feeding this population and how can they be addressed? Written to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Malthus' seminal Essay on the Principle of Population, this fascinating book looks at the intimate links between population growth and agricultural innovation over the past 10,000 years, illustrating how the evolution of agriculture has both shaped and been shaped by the course of world population growth. This... more
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Jonathan SilvertownHow are we going to feed ten billion people? Evans’ guess is that it will be done, but I’m not so optimistic. (Source)

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From cultivating plants that are on the international endangered list or already extinct in the wild, to avoiding invasive species, gardeners can play a vital role in conservation. A groundbreaking reference for both plant enthusiasts and gardeners, Plant is a new-generation encyclopedia designed to provide environmental and horticultural information for anyone concerned about the planet's biodiversity. less
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Jonathan SilvertownProduced by Kew Gardens, it’s just got fabulous pictures, full-page spreads of plants and pretty much everything you might want to know about plants in general. (Source)

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Jonathan SilvertownTrees are not one thing. They are a group of things with different evolutionary origins. (Source)

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A story of a world in crisis and the importance of plants, the history of the earth, and the feuds and fantasies of warring scientists—this is not your fourth-grade science class's take on photosynthesis.

From acclaimed science journalist Oliver Morton comes this fascinating, lively, profound look at photosynthesis, nature's greatest miracle. Wherever there is greenery, photosynthesis isworking to make oxygen, release energy, and create living matter from the raw material of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. Without photosynthesis, there would be an...
Recommended by Richard Cohen, Jonathan Silvertown, and 2 others.

Richard CohenThis book is about photosynthesis and the gifts of the sun to the earth. (Source)

Jonathan SilvertownThis book is basically about the discovery of how photosynthesis works. (Source)

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Global warming is contentious and difficult to measure, even among the majority of scientists who agree that it is taking place. Will temperatures rise by 2C or 8C over the next hundred years? Will sea levels rise by 2 or 30 feet? The only way that we can accurately answer questions like these is by looking into the distant past, for a comparison with the world long before the rise of mankind. We may currently believe that atmospheric shifts, like global warming, result from our impact on the planet, but the earth's atmosphere has been dramatically shifting since its creation. Drawing on... more
Recommended by Jonathan Silvertown, Andrew Scott, and 2 others.

Jonathan SilvertownThe Emerald Planet is a serious talking to about why plants must not be ignored. (Source)

Andrew ScottBeerling clearly shows that plants shaped the world in which we live and played a more important role on the evolution of our planet that is often acknowledged. (Source)

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