2011, Roberts Environmental Center Press. ISBN printed book for $19.95.(paper). 296 pages. Available as a
2010, Roberts Environmental Center Press. ISBN printed book for $19.95.(paper). 378 pages. Available as a
This book is a series of summaries of nearly 200 of the most important scientific papers published in 2007 and 2008 on how climate change is affecting our access to natural resources, and what we might do to mitigate the problems. Our intent is to capture the full significance of this literature in brief journalistic summaries accessible to the lay reader. The summaries can be read in any order, and the format invites browsing for topics of particular current interest.
2008, Roberts Environmental Center Press. ISBN 0-9776855-8-6 (paper). 331 pages. Available as a printed book for $24.95.
Biology of Global Climate Change, Summaries of the 2007 Scientific Literature (J. Emil Morhardt, Editor)
This book contains journalistic summaries of 90 of the most important scientific technical papers on the biology of global climate change published in 2007. The summaries are grouped into chapters on Biological Carbon Cycling, How Birds Respond to Climate Change, Effefcts of Climate Change on Terrestrial Animals, Impacts on Marine and Aquatic Environments, Water and Climate Change, Direct Effects of Carbon Dioxide and Atmospheric Deposition on Plants, Physical Effects of Climate Change on the Polar and Equatorial Regions of the Earth's Oceans, Soil Carbon Sequestration, and Biological Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in the Marine Environment.
2007, Roberts Environmental Center Press. ISBN 0-9776855-5-1 (paper). 201 pages. Available as a printed book for $24.98
Global Climate Change, Summaries of the 2006-2007 Scientific Literature (J. Emil Morhardt, Editor)
Global climate change is suddenly a regular topic in the evening news, thanks partly to the success of Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth" and partly because of the latest round of summary reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, both of which occurred while this book was being written. Behind this news is a rising tide of new scientific information about global warming and its effects derived from ice cores in polar regions, sediment cores elsewhere, global climate computer models, and a virtual wave of ecological studies. This book is a series of summaries of some 200 of the most important scientific papers published on these subjects in 2006 and 2007. Our intent is to capture the full scientific significance of this literature in brief journalistic summaries accessible to the lay reader. They can be read in any order, and the format invites browsing for topics of particular current interest.
Roberts Environmental Center 2003-2005 Sustainability Reporting Analyzed Across Sectors (J. Emil Morhardt, Elgeritte Adidjaja)
This book is a detailed overview and analysis of the Roberts Environmental Center's industrial sector reports published between 2003 and 2005. The sector reports are the results of application of the Center's Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI) to the environmental and social reporting of all 232 Fortune Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in the chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverages, forest and paper products, motor vehicles and parts, petroleum refining, and pharmaceuticals sectors. In addition to comparing the PSI scores across sectors, the analysis includes consideration of company size, and regional base. The printed version includes all of the individual sector reports. The 72 page analysis minus the sector reports can be downloaded below.
Research in Natural Resources Management: The Roberts Environmental Center 2006 Guide (J. Emil Morhardt, Editor)
There are many issues associated with the use and management of the world's natural resources. This book addresses the ones that have received the most attention during the past year in the weekly technical journals Science and Nature. Each chapter consists of a brief overview of the issue as it is being discussed herein, followed by summaries of ten or so of the papers we felt were of most import. Almost all of these were published in the previous 12 months, and many are from the two journals mentioned above, often the two journals of choice for announcing significant scientific developments. In most cases we are summarizing the primary technical literature. Thus, what you are about to read on these topics is an indication of the state of the science as of May, 2006.
Roberts Environmental Center 2006 Guide to Ecosystem Services Research (J. Emil Morhardt, Editor)
Ecosystem services are the processes and products nature provides us for free: clean water, clean air, fertile soil, food, and the like. To understand how we are degrading these services and what can be done about it, it is useful to take a look behind the scenes at what scientists are really doing, and what they know so far. This book provides non-technical summaries of over 160 scientific papers published in the last year in 16 different areas of ecosystem services research. For those not familiar with the technical literature, it is a fascinating window into the current state of the planet. It reveals many disturbing trends that will take considerable political and economic effort to reverse. It may seem expedient to ignore these issues and hope that either the science is overly pessimistic or, alternatively, that science can save us. This look at the science suggests otherwise.
Cannon and Slinkard Fire Recovery Study: A Photographic Flora, Second edition (J. Emil Morhardt and Sia Morhardt)
This book is collection color photographs of all plant species observed in four forest fire recovery areas in eastern California near Walker and Topaz Lake. It is intended as a field guide for botanists analyzing the recovery and, unlike most field guides, it includes photographs of multiple life stages of many of the species along with photomicrographs of dissections of many of the grasses. It will be useful to anyone interested in identifying eastern Sierran plants in the field, particularly at times when they are not in full flower.
2006, Roberts Environmental Center Press.. ISBN 0-9776855-1-9 (paper). 437 pages. Full Color. Available as a printed book for $98.95
California Desert Flowers: An Introduction to Families, Genera, and Species (Sia Morhardt and Emil Morhardt)
This companion to the highly technical Jepson Desert Manual is the field guide of choice for desert wildflower aficionados who want to move beyond just getting the species name right. It provides a transition from standard picture field guides to a real understanding of plant families and the characteristics that are important for identifying them. It has over 300 color photographs and diagrams, simplified but accurate identification keys, and a wealth of interesting information about 24 of the most interesting and attractive plant families in the California deserts.
2004, University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-24003-0 (paper). 347 pages. Available as a printed book for $29.95
Clean, Green, & Read All Over: Ten Rules for Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Reporting (Emil Morhardt)
The definitive guide to corporate environmental and sustainability reporting. A complete practitioners guide to developing the appropriate data and presenting them effectively. This book introduces the Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI), the Roberts Center's metric for scoring the reports of the largest corporations. Following the advice in the book and checking the result using the included PSI scoring sheets will guarantee a successful and attractive report or web site. Equally useful to companies that have well-established reporting practices and those that have not yet begun.
2002, American Society for Quality Press. ISBN 0-87389-536-3 (hard cover). 315 pages. Available as a printed book for $29.95