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bullet cover Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World

by Tom Zoellner

In his examination of uranium — a powerful, radioactive mineral dubbed "bad-luck rock" by German miners in the 1500s — Tom Zoeller uncovers a complex web of history, science and politics that could determine the future of the world. Despite omitting a discussion of recent debates over nuclear power and waste, Zoellner addresses both the benefits and the drawbacks of uranium and paints a vivid picture of the enormous global impact the rock has, and will continue, to have. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Ecological Intelligence
How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything

by Daniel Goleman

In an age when "going green" is becoming increasingly popular, Daniel Goleman shows how consumers are kept helplessly unaware of the hidden impacts of their purchases despite making what seem to be responsible decisions. His solution: a "radical transparency" in which consumers have ready access to essential information such as potentially toxic ingredients and the details of the production process. An important read for anyone interested in truly buying green. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover High and Mighty
The Dangerous Rise of the SUV

by Keith Bradsher

In a persuasive and fact-rich account, a former Detroit bureau chief for The New York Times details the devious marketing campaigns and unscrupulous politics that have made the SUV the darling of American motorists. Bradsher describes how automakers schemed to sidestep safety, tax and air pollution regulations, and exposes the dangers these vehicles pose not only to their own occupants, but to other drivers, and to the environment as well. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Vanishing America
In Pursuit of Our Elusive Landscapes

by James Conaway

This collection of essays from James Conaway highlights some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States and shows how development and tourism are endangering them. Conaway takes issue with the Bureau of Land Management along the way, but focuses most of his attention on demonstrating how sacrificing our natural landscapes will sacrifice our culture as well. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover The Plot to Save the Planet
How Visionary Entrepreneurs and Corporate Titans are Creating Real Solutions to Global Warming

by Brian Dumaine

Brian Dumaine takes an inside look at the people -- investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, etc. -- who are "plotting" to make billions by saving the planet. By investing in and developing green technology, they hope to combine economic growth with environmentalism. Adopting a positive outlook, Dumaine tells the stories of the people and corporations shaping this future. Although money may motivate them, they happen to be helping the earth at the same time. To Dumaine, that's what matters. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover How Much Is Enough?
The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth

by Alan Durning

Without being too preachy, it explores whether increasing consumption is related to greater happiness. -- ERIC A. GOLDSTEIN

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bullet cover The Green Collar Economy
How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

by Van Jones

Activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. Oil, natural gas and coal -- all fast-diminishing nonrenewable resources -- power the U.S. economy. As supplies disappear, the price of energy climbs and nearly everything becomes more expensive. Unemployment soars while greenhouse gases overheat the atmosphere. We cannot drill and burn our way out of these dual dilemmas. Instead, Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way to a healthy new economy, built by a broad coalition that is deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people.

Buy from Amazon hardcover (ISBN: 0061650757)

bullet cover Hope's Edge
The Next Diet for a Small Planet

by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

Thirty years after publishing the best-selling Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé takes another look at the twin problems of environmental degradation and world hunger and concludes that a shortage of democracy -- not food -- is the problem. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Every Drop for Sale
Our Desperate Battle Over Water in a World About to Run Out

by Jeffrey Rothfeder

The average Gambian consumes about 3 liters of water a day -- about the same amount an American male might use just for shaving. Jeffrey Rothfeder draws upon facts like these and on his years as a reporter on water issues to construct a frightening picture of a crisis that is causing millions of deaths every year. Rothfeder also describes how global companies (including Enron, before its downfall) are looking to profit from this crisis by investing in "water management," as governments around the world concede that they are unable to provide clean drinking water to their people. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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bullet cover Fast Food Nation
The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

by Eric Schlosser

Junk food has widened the gulf between rich and poor and turned America into a vast mall where obesity rages -- these are just some of the charges Eric Schlosser lays at the door of the fast food industry. Schlosser uses his reporting skills and wit in this survey (and critique) of junk food from California to the New Jersey turnpike -- an absolute MUST-read! -- GAIL DE RITA

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bullet cover American Green
The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

by Ted Steinberg

Steinberg is an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University and the author of four previous books, including Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. In American Green he scrutinizes our lawns as a cultural phenomenon, a multibillion-dollar industry, and an overlooked health threat, all along melding muckraking journalism with roguish humor to produce a highly entertaining and mostly compelling call for grassroots reform. -- SEE THE ONEARTH REVIEW

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