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"Rachel Carson and Her Sisters"

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"Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment"

By Robert K. Musil
Rutgers University Press, $26.95

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

You go, girl.

I’m being a bit facetious – though not totally – when I describe the general tone of “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters,” which is really a hybrid between environmental history and women’s studies.

"Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity"

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"Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity"

By Mimi Sheller
MIT Press, $29.95

Reviewed by JENNIFER WEEKS

What is the most essential material for modern living? Most people would probably choose oil or plastics. But Drexel University sociologist Mimi Sheller has a different answer: aluminum.

“Aluminum Dreams” tells the story of this lightweight metal, and shows how corporations have marketed it as a symbol of speed, lightness and progress.

"Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

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"Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists
The New Press, $27.95

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. No, not nuclear power. The Union of Concerned Scientists.

"Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos"

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"Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos"

By Karen J. Coates, with photos by Jerry Redfern
ThingsAsian Press, $12.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

Although not an environmental book per se, “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos” is a great piece of journalism that environmental writers can use to rethink issues such as land use, chemical contamination and public safety.

December 3, 2014

The Resilience Beat: Reporting on Climate, Population, and Health

At the Wilson Center in Washington, DC (and webcast live), author Alan Weisman will give a keynote presentation on his experience researching and promoting his landmark book, "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" Following his presentation, a roundtable panel of environment and health reporters will discuss their surprising new stories where climate change meets resilience, population, and health.

"Climate Change Emerges as Priority for Black And Hispanic Voters"

"It is a point noted with some morbid curiosity year after year — climate change ranks low on the list of Americans’ priorities. But this version of the story tends to exclude the concerns of those whose interests are often marginalized at the polls and left out of legislation: people of color."

Source: Aljazeera America, 11/03/2014
January 13, 2015 to January 14, 2015

Conference: Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay

This conference in Frederick, MD, co-sponsored by the Bay Journal, Town Creek Foundation and Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, will bring together some of the best thinkers on economic and population policies that could achieve a healthy balance of life in the Chesapeake Bay region. Free for journalists who wish to cover the event.

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