Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice
Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, and Krister Andersson. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016 (ISBN 978-0-691-15761-0).
Creating a short and readable text explaining and exemplifying sustainability is no easy task. Here are three authors who are well qualified for this formidable exercise. Bill Clark is a former very distinguished executive editor of this magazine. Pam Matson and Krister Andersson are leading lights in the sustainability science columns of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the global hubs of research around this elusive but vitally important approach, as indeed is the magazine.
The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future
Fiona Reynolds. London, UK: Oneworld Publications, 2016 (ISBN 978-1-78074-875-7).
Beauty is both cultural asset and a money spinner. The British rural heritage and sparkling countryside attract about a third of the 12.7 million leisure visitors to the nation every year. They contribute nearly 10% of rural wealth, amounting to $20 billion annually. The domestic component swamps these figures. Around 60 million fan out to the countryside and spend more than $30 billion every year. In Britain, beauty is big business.