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Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life. By Arlene Blum. A legendary trailblazer, Arlene Blum defied the climbing establishment of the 1970s by leading the first all-female teams on successful ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna. At the same time, her groundbreaking scientific work challenged gender stereotypes in the academic community and led to legislation banning carcinogens in children’s sleepwear. A moving testament to the power of taking risks and pursuing dreams, Breaking Trail recounts Blum’s journey from an overprotected childhood in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on earth. As Kindle | More… | Arlene Blum EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life

Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry. By Ted Smith. An international and comprehensive examination of the impacts of electronics manufacturing on workers and local environments. This is a collaborative discourse of citizens, workers, health professionals, academics, labor leaders, and environmental activists to develop visions for the sustainable development of the global electronics industry. It offers perspectives on the science and politics of environmental and social justice, documenting efforts to introduce sustainable systems. As Kindle | More… | Ted Smith EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. By Amy Stewart. Takes us inside the world of hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists around the world who have worked to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature could provide. What has been gained and what has been lost in tinkering with Mother Nature? Should we care that some roses have lost their scent? Or that most flowers are sprayed with pesticides? As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers

Human Biology. By Dan Chiras. Provides students with a clear and concise introduction to the general concepts of mammalian biology and human structure and function. With a focus on health and homeostasis, Human Biology enhances students' understanding of their own health needs and presents the scientific background necessary for students to think critically about biological information they encounter in the media. The completely revised content and new art and photos provide students with a more user-friendly text, while learning tools maximize comprehension of the material. More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Human Biology

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places. By Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean. Shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health. 260 line drawings help readers identify the wide range of plants readily available underfoot and waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. Includes such common plants as stinging nettle, cattail, and wild apricots as well as more than thirty recipes. Both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us. More… | Steve Brill EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places

Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction. By Terry Tamminen. A hard look at the health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California's real world experiences. As Kindle | More… | Terry Tamminen EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. By Amy Stewart. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. An A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and offend. Learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother). Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten. As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

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Human Body Systems: Structure, Function And Environment. By Dan Chiras. Written for readers who want to learn about their bodies, it focuses primarily on the organ systems that comprise the body. Readers will learn the main parts of each system and how they operate, as well as what happens when things go wrong. More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Wild Vegan Cookbook. By Steve Brill. Cooking found and gathered produce. Includes dozens of recipes using wild foods, and explains "what makes wild food special." For the vegetarian who is both health and environmentally conscious. More… | Steve Brill EcoSpeakers Info >>

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The Breast Cancer Prevention Program. By David Steinman. Breast cancer is not a random killer. There are many simple, straightforward ways women can help protect themselves against it. Supported by a wealth of scientifically documented, medically sound information, this ground-breaking book outlines the unpublished "Dirty Dozen" risk factors for breast cancer and describes in detail the ways you can avoid them. More… | David Steinman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Diet for a Poisoned Planet: How to Choose Safe Foods for You and Your Family. By David Steinman. An in-depth look at the contaminants in food. Reissued in a new millennium edition, its examination of contaminants in individual food items has been updated with the latest FDA Total Diet Study findings. Steinman tells his own story – of fishing in the Santa Monica Bay as a child, of becoming a member of a National Academy of Sciences committee to advise Congress on seafood safety legislation, and of testifying before Congress as an expert witness on the contamination of his body by the fish he ate as a child. More… | David Steinman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Eco-Clean Deck: 50 Recipes for Non-Toxic Household Cleaners. By Annie Bond. Quick and easy, and uses many ingredients you'll already have at home. Helps you replace store-bought cleaning supplies with homemade, earth friendly, budget friendly products. More… | Annie Bond EcoSpeakers Info >>

Living Healthy In A Toxic World. By David Steinman. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies every day, and this can cause immune deficiency, lowered mental performance, and life-threatening cancer. Written in an engaging, accessible style, this book provides bold, immediate strategies for reducing these dangers. More… | David Steinman EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes. By Dan Chiras. An overview of the pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Includes straw bale, rammed earth, cob, cordwood, adobe, earthbags, papercrete, and more. The common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, and pleasing. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your choice of the materials and methods for building a sustainable natural home. An unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes care not to romanticize, and he alerts readers to avoidable pitfalls. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

Pollution: The Neglected Dimensions. By Denis Hayes. Analysis of data indicates that uncontrolled pollution exacts real costs on health and property and that cost-effective investment in abatement can yield measurable net benefits. The conclusion is that controlling pollutants will require fundamental changes in life-styles and common business practices. Published by Worldwatch Institute in March 1979. More… | Denis Hayes EcoSpeakers Info >>

Safe Trip to Eden: Ten Steps to Save Planet Earth from the Global Warming Meltdown. By David Steinman. Safe Trip to Eden draws the connection between personal health and a healthy environment and argues both that global warming is a greater threat to national security than terrorism and that a "sound environmental policy" will enhance our standing in the world and strengthen our economy. It explains how reliance on petroleum-based products and chemical pesticides impacts health, national security and the planet, and it provides clear, simple steps we can take to make responsible environmental choices. As Kindle | More… | David Steinman EcoSpeakers Info >>

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