Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Environmental Engineering. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical - and accessible - plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe. Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.  He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions - suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise.  As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.  This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of charts, graphs, and pictures from the book.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Bill Gates
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Civil & Environmental, Environmental


2. Off Grid Solar Power Simplified: For Rvs, Vans, Cabins, Boats and Tiny Homes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

How to make a solar system without headache, even if you don't know anything about electricity. More people are figuring out how to make off grid solar power work for them. In this book: Off-Grid Solar Power, you will discover: Energy units you didn't even know existed Formulas you can't live without when building a solar system A comprehensive list of tools that you absolutely need How to choose wire diameters the right way Step by step guide on sizing your off-grid solar system without painful mistakes Why not every wire is suited for solar energy installations The best way to protect your installation from catching fire Discover different batteries ; maintenance, price, increase lifespan, configurations, ... Discover different solar panels ; tilt, cleaning, optimizing solar input, ... Discover different types of photovoltaics What device is at the heart of any solar power system? Inverters ; different types, different sine waves, efficiency, power ratings, ... Discover the best way to monitor the state of charge of your batteries The safest way to charge your solar battery from your car alternator . A step by step guide on how to build your system People can transform their RV, van, cabin, boat or tiny homes using these off-grid solar systems. This book is written by an electrical engineer who specializes in solar power design. A licensed electrician has reviewed it. This book has been written in a way to suit beginners to understand how an off-grid solar power system works and how to build one. If you want to learn about making your off-grid solar system, then scroll up and click the add to cart button.

  • Author: Nick Seghers
  • Publisher: Independently published (January 23, 2020)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 979-8602027136
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches


3. Silent Spring

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations . . . It is well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Peter Matthiessen, for Time"s 100 Most Influential People of the Century). This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson"s watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson"s courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964.

  • Author: Rachel Carson
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Anniversary edition (October 22, 2002)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0618249060
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches


4. The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

NO SOURCE IS LEFT UNTAPPED IN THIS ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE TO SUPPLYING LIFE-SAVING WATER AFTER A DISASTERYou can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow. Thanks to this book’s laser-focus on water, you’ll quickly learn how to:•Store fresh water•Collect rainwater•Purify water from lakes & rivers•Dig a well for groundwaterIn addition to harvesting water, you’ll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.

  • Author: Daisy Luther
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (April 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1612434483
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches


5. The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook: Identify and Solve Common Pest Problems on Edible Plants - All Natural Solutions!

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

In The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook, you’ll find the simple, straightforward resources and tools you need to identify common pests of edible gardens and manage them without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. Climate change and newly introduced insect pests are changing the world of gardening. Pests that once produced a single generation per year are now producing two or even three, and accidentally imported pest insects have no natural predators to keep them in check. These leaf-munching critters can cause significant damage in short order, reducing your yields and costing you time and money , especially if your garden is out of balance or your plants are stressed and vulnerable. Whether you’re a new or seasoned gardener, author and garden pro Susan Mulvihill shows you how to handle pest issues by growing healthier plants , properly identifying the culprit , and nurturing the overall ecosystem of the garden . With easy-to-use charts, you’ll learn how to identify common vegetable garden pests based on both the damage they cause and their physical appearance. DIY pest-control projects , coupled with up-to-date info on the best natural products , physical pest-control tricks , and tips for managing pests with the use of traps and barriers , all lead to a garden where beneficial insects and pollinators are preserved while pest populations are kept in check. Learn how to: Get rid of squash bugs with minimal effort Screen out root maggots   Keep cutworms at bay Nurture the good bugs that help control tomato hornworms Tackle an infestation of mites, thrips, or whiteflies Send cucumber beetles packing Limit cabbage worms with a simple, inexpensive trick Learn about the best earth-friendly product controls for home vegetable gardeners Identifying and controlling common vegetable garden pests has never been a favorite task of gardeners, but with Susan’s help, positive results are easier than you think!

  • Author: Susan Mulvihill
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (April 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-0760370063
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.65 x 10 inches


6. Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks) (DK Smithsonian Handbook)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

Created in association with Smithsonian Institution, this authoritative guide features more than 500 rocks and minerals. Packed with photographs and details on characteristics, distinguishing features, and more, Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals makes identification easy. Designed for beginning and experienced collectors alike, this guide explains what rocks and minerals are, how they are classified, and how to start a collection. Look up different rocks and minerals, and find clear, annotated photography to pick out the key distinguishing features. Learn the differences between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and reference the glossary for many more technical and scientific terms. Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals is filled with information about characteristics, colors, unique attributes, and more, making it one of the clearest identification guides for rock and mineral enthusiasts.

  • Author: Chris Pellant
  • Publisher: DK; 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0789491060
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.67 x 8.5 inches


7. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

"The definitive work on the West's water crisis." --Newsweek The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book,  Cadillac Desert,  Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage. This edition includes a new postscript by Lawrie Mott, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.

  • Author: Marc Reisner
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 2nd edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0140178241
  • Dimensions: 8.36 x 5.52 x 1.09 inches


8. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

The grid is an accident of history and of culture, in no way intrinsic to how we produce, deliver and consume electrical power. Yet this is the system the United States ended up with, a jerry-built structure now so rickety and near collapse that a strong wind or a hot day can bring it to a grinding halt. The grid is now under threat from a new source: renewable and variable energy, which puts stress on its logics as much as its components. In an entertaining, perceptive and deeply researched fashion, cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke uses the history of an increasingly outdated infrastructure to show how the United States has gone from seemingly infinite technological prowess to a land of structural instability. She brings humor and a bright eye to contemporary solutions and to the often surprising ways in which these succeed or fail. And the consequences of failure are significant. Our national electrical grid grew during an era when monopoly, centralisation and standardisation meant strength. Yet as we've increasingly become a nation that caters to local needs, and as a plethora of new renewable energy sources comes online, our massive system is dangerously out of step. Charting the history of our electrical grid, Bakke helps us see what we all take for granted, shows it as central to our culture and identity as a people and reveals it to be the linchpin in our aspirations for a clean-energy future.

  • Author: Gretchen Bakke
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Civil & Environmental, Environmental


9. Primitive Technology: A Survivalist's Guide to Building Tools, Shelters, and More in the Wild

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

From the craftsman behind the popular YouTube channel  Primitive Technology  comes a practical guide to building huts and tools using only natural materials from the wild. John Plant, the man behind the channel,  Primitive Technology , is a bonafide YouTube star. With almost 10 million subscribers and an average of 5 million views per video, John's channel is beloved by a wide-ranging fan base, from campers and preppers to hipster woodworkers and craftsmen. Now for the first time, fans will get a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into John's process. Featuring 50 projects with step-by-step instructions on how to make tools, weapons, shelters, pottery, clothing, and more,  Primitive Technology  is the ultimate guide to the craft. Each project is accompanied by illustrations as well as mini-sidebars with the history behind each item, plus helpful tips for building, material sourcing, and so forth. Whether you're a wilderness aficionado or just eager to spend more time outdoors,  Primitive Technology  has something for everyone's inner nature lover.

  • Author: John Plant
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2019)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1984823670
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches


10. PPI PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition – Comprehensive Reference Manual for the NCEES PE Civil Exam

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Environmental Engineering - August 2021

CERM16 - The Reference Manual Every PE Civil Examinee Needs! Michael R. Lindeburg, PE’s PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition (Also known as CERM16) is the only reference you need to prepare for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam. This comprehensive manual follows NCEES PE Civil exam specifications and addresses complex topics by parsing them into condensed, understandable, readable sections. Offering a complete review of all exam topics, this reference manual is up-to-date to the current exam specifications and design standards, and employs instructional design to enable comprehensive understanding that builds exam confidence. The PE Civil exam is an 8-hour, open book exam. Use this reference manual to fully prepare for the exam, and bring it with you on exam-day for your must-have reference. Also available is the new PE Civil Companion for the 16th Edition, which offers a convenient side-by-side companion offering a comprehensive index with thousands of entries covering all topics; over 100 appendices; and over 550 common civil engineering definitions. For more details, go to Key Features: Complete exam review for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam:  Project Planning Means and Methods Soil Mechanics Structural Mechanics Hydraulics and Hydrology Geometrics Materials Site Development Brief overview of each afternoon Depth exam. Up-to-date codes including: AASHTO, HCM, IBC, ACI and more. Recommendations for a study schedule to keep you on track. Exam tips for exam-day readiness. Binding: Paperback Publisher: PPI, A Kaplan Company After you pass the exam PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Ed. (CERM16) will serve as an invaluable reference throughout your civil engineering career.

  • Author: Michael R. Lindeburg PE
  • Publisher: PPI a Kaplan Company; Revised, Sixteenth Edition,Revised (April 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1591265702
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 3.2 x 11 inches