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bullet cover Experimental Man
What One Man's Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health and Our Toxic World

by David Ewing Duncan

Setting out to learn about the chemical toxins in his own blood, as well as his genetic fortitude, David Ewing Duncan plays guinea pig to reveal how we are all affected by the toxic world we live in. He demonstrates at once how little scientists know and explains what they do know. Despite leaving much unsaid about environmental health, Duncan gives readers an eye-opening account of the future impact of what is inside all of us. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Made for Each Other
The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond

by Meg Daley Olmert

Many people are familiar with the intense bond that humans and animals share, but few are aware of the biological foundation of that connection. In Made for Each Other, Olmert brings science and history together to tell the story of oxytocin, the hormone long recognized as the biological factor in social bonding, and that is also responsible for our bond with animals. Arguing that such relationships are necessary for our well-being, Olmert speaks to not only animal lovers but to anyone interested in life's interconnectivity. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Earth Under Fire
How Global Warming is Changing the World

by Gary Braasch

Gary Braasch's new book is a powerful firsthand account of the impacts of global warming on communities and ecosystems around the world. Braasch uses his photographic talent to break down a huge problem into tangible, clear pieces. And while the photographs depict a bleak outlook for the world if current trends continue, he also shows that we have the technology to move rapidly towards cleaner forms of energy to solve global warming. -- DAN LASHOF

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bullet cover Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson

The one book I keep going back to, over and over again. Carson was able to look at what seemed like a great invention for mankind -- these chemicals that everyone was touting as being a great miracle -- and see what was happening, and what was going to happen if we continued the uncontrolled use of them. She also put her finger on the great debate between economics and environment that is still raging. She said that people were going to have to decide what was more important: the short-term gain, or long-term goals. Although she wrote that book many years ago it seems she had a crystal ball that put her right at the heart of today's debate. -- ATHERTON MARTIN

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bullet cover Collapse
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

by Jared Diamond

Diamond's previous book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, revealed the powerful role that the environment has played in shaping civilizations, and is one of the most important books I've read in a decade. His latest work, Collapse, takes this premise another step, showing how poor environmental management decisions have been disastrous for civilizations from Greenland to Central America to the South Pacific. In this era of global warming, our greatest environmental challenge yet, this book is a fascinating, sobering must-read. Actually, my wife and I listened to the unedited audio version as we drove across Nevada. The route is often called the "Loneliest Road in America," but we enjoyed Mr. Diamond's company the whole way. -- BARRY NELSON

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bullet cover The Betrayal of Science and Reason
How Anti-environment Rhetoric Threatens Our Future

by Paul R. Ehrlich & Anne H. Ehrlich

A book that everyone concerned about the environment needs. With clear prose, clear concepts, and clear-eyed realism, the authors have managed to make abstract concepts of environmental science understandable and even compelling. That is no small task, especially given that their approach, in the six chapters that make up the core of the book, is to list and then critique some of the reigning fables of the brownlash. -- KATHRIN DAY LASSILA

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bullet cover The End of Nature

by Bill McKibben

Whenever I want to give somebody an environmentally themed book, I give Bill McKibben's The End of Nature. It's an incredibly readable primer on why we should care about climate change, and an enjoyable read besides. -- RICH KASSEL

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bullet cover Dinner at the New Gene Café
How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food

by Bill Lambrecht

Veteran journalist Bill Lambrecht wades through the myriad questions that surround genetic engineering, particularly genetically modified food, in an investigative effort that takes him from Illinois to India. In search of answers, Lambrecht talks to a host of parties with a stake in the subject, including representatives of companies at the forefront of genetically modified agriculture, small farmers worried about their future and nervous consumers. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover The Parrot's Lament
And Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity

by Eugene Linden

This wonderfully entertaining little book is definitive light reading, in a reader's-digest-for-nature-lovers sort of style. But as a compendium of accounts it is utterly fascinating and makes a great, thought-provoking read. -- THOMAS OLSON

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bullet cover Courage For the Earth
Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson

edited by Peter Matthiessen

One hundred years after her birth, Rachel Carson remains a formidable influence, as many of her admirers attest in this collection. Contributors including E. O. Wilson, Al Gore, Terry Tempest Williams, and Linda Lear (Carson's biographer) reflect on her impact and remind us that her warnings remain as relevant as ever. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Cradle to Cradle
Remaking the Way We Make Things

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart present a utopian vision of a post-industrial world in which nothing ever ends up in a landfill. Instead, in the future this manifesto envisions, things transform endlessly and easily -- thanks to clever design and unusual materials -- into other things. A stellar example is the book itself, made of waterproof plastic "paper" that can be disassembled, scrubbed and reused. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Enough
Staying Human in an Engineered Age

by Bill McKibben

This timely volume, by the author of The End of Nature, describes the status of developments in genetic engineering and explores the question of where to draw the line between medical breakthroughs that improve health and those that alter what it means to be human. McKibben is a pro at democratizing complex scientific information, and his book successfully frames one of today's most urgent ethical debates. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover The Song of the Dodo
Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

by David Quammen

A wonderful book that talks about Darwin's theory of evolution and how Quammen experienced various evolutionary trends by visiting islands all over the world. Well-written and scientifically interesting but also humanly interesting because [Quammen] mixes in many personal anecdotes with the scientific information. -- FRANCES BEINECKE

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bullet cover A Dangerous Place
California's Unsettling Fate

by Marc Reisner

Everyone knows California is earthquake country, but few have examined as closely as Reisner, author of the classic Cadillac Desert, how it got to be that way. In this posthumously published book, Reisner looks at not only the geology, but also the way hubris and willful ignorance conspired to put the nation's most populated state atop one of the most active seismic zones on earth. If you don't believe it's a recipe for disaster, just wait until the end, when Reisner presents a chilling first-person narrative about the possible effects of the next Big One on San Francisco. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover The Hydrogen Economy
The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth

by Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin makes the case for a U.S. conversion -- within the next two decades -- from an oil-based economy to one that runs entirely on fuel cells. Though his analysis for why this shift must take place depends in part on somewhat sweeping generalizations about Middle Eastern politics, Rifkin understands fuel cells and does a thorough job of describing the preparations energy companies are undertaking and the technological advances that will be needed to make a national (and global) web of fuel cells a reality. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Voyage of the Turtle
In Pursuit of Earth's Last Dinosaur
by Carl Safina

Over the course of several years, scientist and conservationist Safina stalked the sea turtle, silently observing egg-laying females on moonlit beaches, capturing and tagging migrating giants in the open ocean, patrolling prime nesting beaches from the air -- and he recorded his journey in Voyage of the Turtle. His account, filled with graceful prose, weaves science and history into a chronicle of his adventures with the people who know, or seek to know, turtles best. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Having Faith
An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood

by Sandra Steingraber

From the celebrated biologist and poet who wrote Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, this well-written book masterfully blends three compelling elements: the personal, often funny story of the author's pregnancy and new motherhood; fascinating biological observations on the miracle of pregnancy and lactation; and often compelling observations about the way contaminants in our environment may be putting our children at risk. This is a happy book, yet it does contain some disturbing messages. -- GINA SOLOMON

Buy from Amazon paperback (ISBN: 0425189996)

bullet cover Poisoned Profits
The Toxic Assault on Our Children

by Philip and Alice Shabecoff

In their detailed investigation into the link between toxins and the rise in childhood disease and death, the Shabecoffs identify corporate pollution as the source of many of the problems. They also expose the toxic dangers to children and pregnant women that can be found inside the home. The book holds chemical corporations accountable but also offers practical tips for readers about how to reduce the risks to their children. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Living Downstream
An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment

by Sandra Steingraber

This beautifully written and meticulously documented book, despite a grim message, is essential reading. The author has compiled and interpreted the condemning story of toxins in our world. It's natural to compare Ms. Steingraber with Rachel Carson because of their shared subject matter and their personal struggles with cancer. -- GEORGE WOODWELL

Buy from Amazon paperback (ISBN: 0375700994)

bullet cover Tinkering with Eden
A Natural History of Exotic Species in America

by Kim Todd

Remember the furor in 2002 over the snakehead fish found living in a Maryland pond? Those fish, native to Southeast Asia, are just one of thousands of exotic plant and animal species that have made their way to the United States in the last several centuries. Tinkering With Eden looks at the unpredictable results of introducing non-native species to landscapes populated by local flora and fauna -- and at how the newcomers (some 4,500 of them) have reshaped the American landscape. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

Buy from Amazon paperback (ISBN: 0393323242)

bullet cover Six Modern Plagues
And How We are Causing Them

by Mark Jerome Walters

Journalist and doctor of veterinary medicine Walters connects the rise of several recent epidemics to human incursions into the natural world. Logging in the Congo fostered the spread of HIV from primates to humans, he argues, and suburban sprawl in the northeastern United States spurred the outbreak of Lyme disease. Walter's compelling book is a testament to the interconnectedness of all life. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover The World Without Us

by Alan Weisman

What would happen if humans disappeared from the Earth? In just a few hundred years, bears and moose would roam New York City, and the Hoover Dam would disappear. Yet despite the most troubling human legacies -- nuclear waste and plastic -- the Earth would begin to heal itself. In imagining a world without us, Alan Weisman manages to offer hope -- suggesting that if we tread more lightly, the Earth might begin to recover from the injuries we've inflicted. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Fateful Harvest
The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret

by Duff Wilson

What happens in a farming community when some of its members start questioning current farming practices -- in this case, the use of chemical-laden industrial waste in fertilizer? That's one of the themes that run through this nonfiction account of life, farming and dissent in the town of Quincy, Washington, where denial is the norm even though cancer rates and birth defects are unusually high. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

Buy from Amazon paperback (ISBN: 0060931833)

bullet cover The Future of Life

by Edward O. Wilson

Renowned biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author E. O. Wilson presents a rigorously argued scientific defense of conservation, aimed at skeptics who still question the necessity of protecting nature in all its variety. To bring home to his audience the importance of biodiversity, Wilson occasionally peppers his science with economic arguments as well, in one instance putting a dollar amount on the "services" the earth provides to human beings. (By his reckoning, the figure is nearly twice the output of all the world's economies combined.) -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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