Recommended Reading and Surfing

These are some of the titles and websites I often return to for intellectual stimulation:

The David Suzuki Foundation:

Climate Analysis by climate scientists:

Land Use Planning:
Canadian Institute of Planners:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Land Use Planning)

News from Science

Our Ecological Footprint

Any work on food, culture, and society, including some icons and favourites:

History of Food--Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Food in History--Reay Tannahill

Food and Cooking in Victorian England--Andrea Broomfield

Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization--Paul S. Kinstedt

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle--Barbara Kinsolver

On Food and Cooking-Harold McGee

The Curious Cook: More Kitchen Science and Lore--Harold McGee

Food Production and Its Consequences--Philip Edward Lake Smith

Consuming Culture: Why You are What You Eat--Jeremy MacClancy

An Edible History of Humanity--Thomas Standage

Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture--Marvin Harris

Larousse Gastronomique

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Food

Cultural Materialism--Marvin Harris

The Sacred Cow and the Abominable Pig: Riddles of Food and Culture--Marvin Harris

Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy-- Gary Paul Nabhan

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals--Michael Pollan

Cultural Studies:

Travels in Hyperreality (a.k.a. Faith in Fakes)--Umberto Eco

Travels as a Brusseles Scout--Nick Middleton
Ice Tea and Elvis
Last Disco in Outer Mongolia
The Going to Extremes series (books and television programs)

The Serpent and the Rainbow--Wade Davis
The Wayfinders

On the Origin of Species--Charles Darwin

Guns, Germs, and Steel--Jared Diamond

The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions--David Quammen

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded--Simon Winchester
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

True North: Travels in Arctic Europe--Francis Gavin

In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon--Redmond O'Hanlon


Space Weather

National Geographic Daily News

One Geology

Dear Colleague--by Yi-Fu Tuan (the Yoda of geography!)

Ruth Goodman, Historical Consultant


The IUCN List of Threatened Species

The Open Anthropology Cooperative

Climatological Database for the World's Oceans 1750-1850

Climate Impacts Group




Historical Climatology:

Slow Food Vancouver

The Isaac Brock Society:

Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre:

Northern Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium:

POST (Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project):