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Learn how to save the Earth at your library

The Human, the Orchid and the Octopus is one of many environmental books available at the library.

"Alaskan Beluga Whale Group Declining...," "Warmer Weather Threatens Moose in Minnesota...," "Obama Orders Agencies to Cut Carbon..."

Environmental issues such as these are constantly making headlines. Most of the time the articles just leave you wanting to know more (which is a good thing).

Your library is the perfect place to investigate further. We have a number of titles on environmental issues, so come into your library and become fully informed. Let's do what we can to preserve our environment for future generations.

• The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus, by Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein. In this magnificent last book, finally available for the first time in the United States, Cousteau describes his deeply informed philosophy about protecting our world for future generations.

Weaving gripping stories of his adventures throughout, he and coauthor Susan Schiefelbein address the risks we take with human health, the overfishing and sacking of the world's oceans, the hazards of nuclear proliferation, and the environmental responsibility of scientists, politicians, and people of faith.

• How Trees Die; The Past, Present, and Future of Our Forests, by Jeff Gillman. This is a superbly written volume that shows how understanding the death of trees is vitally important to understanding the future of our environment.

Throughout history, trees have played an essential role in the success of the human race - not only have they provided us with food, shelter, warmth, the means for transportation, and countless products, they have also helped create an environment and an atmosphere in which we can survive.

• The Creation; an Appeal to Save Life on Earth, by E.O. Wilson. In this daring work, E.O. Wilson proposes an alliance between science and religion to save Earth's vanishing biodiversity.

The book is written in the form of a letter to a Southern Baptist Minister with personal anecdotes from Wilson's life. "Pastor, we need your help. The Creation -- living Nature -- is in deep trouble. Scientists estimate that if habitat conversion and other destructive human activities continue at their present rates half the species of plants and animals on Earth could be either gone or at least fated for early extinction by the end of the century...

"The ongoing extinction rate is by the most conservative estimates to be about 100 times above that prevailing before humans appeared on Earth, and is expected to rise to at least 1,000 times greater in the next decades."

Despite the gloom of our times, The Creation offers a ray of hope in the meeting of science and religion.

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