Thinking: New and Noteworthy

By Sarah Parsons

Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care
By Alan Greene, MD, with Jeanette Pavini and Theresa Foy Digeronimo
Jossey-Bass, $16.95

Eco advice abounds in this comprehensive guide for prospective parents. It covers everything, from eating a healthy diet during pregnancy to creating a safe environment for your baby to choosing the best green products; so mothers- and fathers-to-be can make sure their bundle of joy is a true eco activist from conception onward.
Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves
By Andrew Szasz
University of Minnesota Press, $24.95

Instead of just buying organic produce and green cleaners to avoid chemicals and pollution, try pushing for stricter governmental regulations on the environment, says Szasz in his new book. He argues that citizens should be less concerned with shopping their way to a healthier earth and more interested in banding together to achieve tangible environmental reforms.

Terra: Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem—and the Threats That Now Put It at Risk
By Michael Novacek
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27

In his latest book, Michael Novacek, provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, blends evolutionary biology, paleontology, and environmental science to describe how human activities are moving the world toward a “mass extinction event.” But it’s not all gloom-and-doom: Novacek emphasizes that action combined with science can ensure the future of our globe’s ecosystems.

Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation
Edited by George Wuerthner
Chelsea Green Publishing Company, $60

Recreational vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes have long satisfied motor enthusiasts’ need for speed. But Jet Skis, snowmobiles, jeeps, and other thrillcraft take their toll on the environment, too. Captivating photos and essays written by scientists, economists, and activists highlight how tooling around on a four-wheeler can alter the American landscape.

—Sarah Parsons

Issue 25

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