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Library branches offer books on renewable subjects

BOOKMARK -- SUSTAINABLE LIFE

Growing numbers of library users are seeking out information on climate change, alternative energy resources, and renewable fuel. Books about the environment and greener lifestyles are more abundant than ever; if you're searching for information on these topics, you'll find numerous resources at the nearby branch of the Multnomah County Library. Learn about both environmental threats as well as proposed solutions as you cruise some of the following (unusually long!) book titles.

In 'Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change', Elizabeth Kolbert expounds on her three-part series in 'The New Yorker' magazine to give a primer on climate change. Former Vice President Al Gore's new title, 'An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It', ties into his film of the same name. 'Alternative Energy Resources: The Quest for Sustainable Energy', by Stanford University Professor Emeritus Paul Kruger, covers the history of energy usage, and explores several alternatives to the current dependency on petroleum.

For many of us, the term 'energy efficiency' conjures up thoughts of insulating windows, and turning off lights when you leave a room; and while these two simple things can make a difference, they are not even the tip of the iceberg in home energy conservation. If you are looking for ways to save money, conserve energy, or help the environment at home, there are a number of new books at the library for you, including 'The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy-Smart' by Paul Scheckel, as well as 'Smart Power: An Urban Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiency' by William H. Kemp--which addresses energy issues specific to an urban environment.

'The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower' by Dan Chiras, and 'Homeowners Guide to Energy Independence: Alternative Power Sources for the Average American' by Christine Woodside are two more excellent resources for exploring renewable, alternative energy sources for your home.

Rising gasoline prices have brought the alternative fuel, biodiesel, to the forefront in the media. Not only is the fuel powering trucks and buses around the nation, it is also being used for home heating. Several new books discuss biodiesel, just one of which being 'Biodiesel Power: The Passion, the People and the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel' by Lyle Estill.

Other titles for the lowdown on this homegrown alternative, now available in your nearby branch library, include: 'Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-East Oil Dependence, and Make Money Growing Fuel' by Josh Tickell, and 'Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy' by Greg Pal.