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Good Stuff?
by Worldwatch Institute
(downloadable for free, see link below)

Paper or plastic bags? Bottled or tap water? Making environmentally responsible purchases can be a daunting goal. Fortunately, concerned consumers can now find answers to many of their questions in Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy, a free on-line publication by the Worldwatch Institute. ... more

Natural capitalism: the next industrial revolution
by Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
Earthscan, London, £18.99

This long-awaited successor to The Ecology of Commerce and Factor Four attempts to provide a shared framework that could "harness the talent of business to solve the world's deepest environmental and social problems." ... more

The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism
by David C. Korten
Kumarian Press and Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc, Connecticut, USA, 1999, US$27.95

When Adam Smith, a moral philosopher, advocated the importance of letting the free market become the mechanism of economic activity, it was a different world. Strong families, strong rural communities, strong market towns, strong small cities and strong nations were in place. The political and economic systems were much more decentralised and international trading was like icing on the cake. ... more

Factor Four
by Ernst von Weizsacker, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
Earthscan, London, 1997, £15.99

Factor Four is one of the very best and most important reports the Club of Rome has ever put out. It deals with the central challenge we face over the next half century: how to accommodate population growth and economic growth, while at the same time not just stabilizing the burden of consumption and waste currently threatening the planet, but reducing it below its present unsustainable level. ... more

Corporation Nation
by Charles Derber
St Martins Press, New York, US$24.95 (hardback)

The sub-title of this lively book, "How corportaions are taking over the world and what we can do about it", spells out its message, and gives a clue as to its intended audience. It is, one suspects, addressed as much to Professor Derber's students at Boston College and to young people elsewhere in America, as to the broader readership. He says the reaction of most of his students on being exposed to a critique of corporate power, is one of astonishment. ... more

Environment and Business
by David Hitchcock and Alistair Blair
2000, Routledge, London and New York, £15.99

This introductory text (part of Routledge's 'Introduction to Environment Series) explores how business and the environment interact. It assumes no previous knowledge of business studies and includes boxed case studies ranging from local enterprise to multinational companies. ... more

Asia's Clean Revolution
by David P. Angel and Michael T. Rock (eds)
Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK, 2000, £40.00/US$75.00

This book examines the prospects for a new development future in Asia: one that is far less energy- materials- and waste-intensive. ... more

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