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The demand for products that are safe for the environment is growing. More consumers are looking to buy products that are non-toxic and free from chemicals.

The death and life of Monterey Bay : a story of revival
Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka.
Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2011.
Anyone who has ever stood on the shores of Monterey Bay, watching the rolling ocean waves and frolicking otters, knows it is a unique place. But even residents on this idyllic California coast may not realize its full history. Monterey began as a natural paradise, but became the poster child for industrial devastation in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row,and is now one of the most celebrated shorelines in the world.
It is a remarkable story of life, death, and revival-told here for the first time in all its stunning color and bleak grays. The Death and Life of Monterey Bay begins in the eighteenth century when Spanish and French explorers encountered a rocky shoreline brimming with life-raucous sea birds, abundant sea otters, barking sea lions, halibut the size of wagon wheels,waters thick with whales. A century and a half later, many of the sea creatures had disappeared, replaced by sardine canneries that sickened residents with their stench but kept the money flowing. When the fish ran out and the climate turned,the factories emptied and the community crumbled. But today,both Monterey's economy and wildlife are resplendent. How did it happen?
The answer is deceptively simple: through the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. The Death and Life of Monterey Bayis the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed it. Monterey is thriving because of an eccentric mayor who wasn't afraid to use pistols, axes, or the force of law to protect her coasts. It is because of fishermen who love their livelihood, scientists who are fascinated by the sea's mysteries, and philanthropists and community leaders willing to invest in a world-class aquarium. The shores of Monterey Bay revived because of human passion-passion that enlivens every page of this hopeful book.
     
101 ways to reduce your carbon footprint : simple things you can do to lessen your impact on the environment
Andrea Bohmholdt.
Salt Lake City, Utah : Silverleaf Press, c2010.
Packed with 101 creative tips for conserving the environment, this guide helps burgeoning environmentalists gradually change their lifestyle to consume less energy. Easy to follow and understand, the succinct guide explains the environmental crisis and how individual ways of living contribute directly to the problem. It then focuses on offering simple solutions to help the environment, such as reducing heat by one or two degrees, unplugging mobile phones when they are finished charging, and completing weekly shopping goals in a single excursion. Additional resources are provided to help readers begin to make the changes that will ultimately make a global difference.
     
When a billion Chinese jump : how China will save mankind--or destroy it
Jonathan Watts.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2010.
The Asia environmental correspondent for the "Guardian" delivers a fascinating, frontline account of the current environmental crisis in China.
     

The "green revolution" may include products made from recycled or organically grown materials, produced using alternative sources of energy, or containing no toxic chemicals. Numerous associations and organizations within industries are finding ways to become a part of the green movement.

The success of smaller manufacturers and retailers who produce and sell natural, organic, or environmentally safe goods and services, has led larger companies to see this as a profitable opportunity. A drawback is the lack of standards and rules about who can say that a particular product is eco-friendly.

The Subaru auto assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana, makes 180,000 cars a year and says that 99.8% of it's packaging is reused or recycled in some way.

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Consumers may be concerned about the environment but may not be willing to expend a lot of effort in this regard. Earth-friendly shopping may appear too expensive or inconvenient. Some will say they're too busy to do the research, or it's too much trouble to scout out the sellers of better products. But the supporters of eco-friendly buying say it is a way of living and becomes a habit.

Technologies, products, and behaviors that are unhealthy for our planet are being replaced by ones that are eco-friendly. Demand for such products increases supply and brings down the costs. This concern and desire for earth friendly products that make life safer and are ecologically sound will continue to grow in the years ahead.

Slow death by rubber duck : the secret danger of everyday things
Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie ; with Sarah Dopp.
Berkeley : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009.
The rubber ducky on the cover of this book is full of toxic chemicals that can find their way into your body. Writing in plain language for general readers, with a sense of humor and a hopeful tone in the face of scary statistics, two prominent Canadian environmentalists explain research that points to the conclusion that common chemicals in everyday household items, from toothpaste to children's toys, can negatively impact our health. In the tradition of Super Size Me, the authors ingested and inhaled compounds found in the home and in household products, at ordinary household levels, over a two-year period, and used blood tests and urine samples to measure chemical levels in their own bodies. Their interviews with chemical companies and government regulators expose attitudes underlying the problem. The authors draw on scientists and community organizers to offer practical suggestions to help readers protect themselves and their families, such as getting rid of plastic shower curtains, non-stick pans, and stain repellants. The book includes a list of organizations, web sites, and databases further reading. Rick Smith is executive director of Environmental Defence Canada. Bruce Lourie, an environmental thinker in Canada, is president of the Ivey Foundation. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
The truth about green business
Gil Friend ; with Nicholas Kordesch and Benjamin Privitt.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press, c2009.
Friend, a systems ecologist and business strategist, distills 40 years of experience into 52 bite-sized 'truths' that describe green principles and outline practical steps to take and key questions to explore when putting green business ideas into practice. The 'truths' are grouped in 12 sections on areas such as green business, strategy, operations, green marketing, products and services, green buildings, and green finance. The book's list of references for each 'truth' includes web sites. Appendices, including a list of resources, are available for free download. There is no subject index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
If you love this planet : a plan to heal the earth
Helen Caldicott.
New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
"Helen Caldicott has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humor."-- Naomi KleinFrom the leader and spokeswoman of the antinuclear movement comes a revised and updated edition of this groundbreaking, widely acclaimed classic. Exploring dangerous global trends such as ozone depletion, global warming, toxic pollution, food contamination, and deforestation, Helen Caldicott presents a picture of our world and the forces that threaten its existence. As always, she gives a prescription for a cure and cause for hope, rallying readers to action with the contention that our fight for the planet will draw its strength from love for the Earth itself.
     
The corporate greenhouse : climate change policy in a globalizing world
Yda Schreuder.
London ; New York, NY : Zed, 2009.
As negotiations proceed for the post-Kyoto climate change regime, major obstacles stand in the path to their successful completion.
     
The complete idiot's guide to greening your business
Trish Riley and Heather Gadonniex.
New York : Alpha, c2009.
The environmental movement and rising awareness of global warming have sparked an interest in green living. People want to know what they can do to live sustainable lives. In this book, you will find an overview of global warming and environmental degradation of air, water, and soil; what sustainable living is and how to do it; how to cut down on carbon output (the cause of global warming) with alternative cars and fuels; and environmentally friendly home and lawn care products.
     

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff