The growing concerns about global environmental changes and the associated predictions of catastrophe have led to a massive growth in the available literature. Works that critically examine and assess various perspectives and claims are indeed welcome, but agreed theory and policy remains nevertheless well behind the frontline of thinking. Within this context, this review essay deals with five books that have met the inherent challenges with varying degrees of success. Each is reviewed separately, and then the reviewer indulges in discussion of the state of the art in environmental sociology. New policies and technologies are playing an increasing role in the dissemination of innovative thinking, but many publishers are responding very slowly.