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Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet Edward Humes (Author) Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Ecco (March 3, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 006135029X ISBN-13: 978-0061350290 Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Pulitzer PrizeΓΓé¼ΓÇ£winner Humes (Mississippi Mud) profiles a band of idealistic environmentalists devoting their lives and fortunes to protecting nature, including such tycoons as Doug Thompson, the founder of fashion house Esprit, who now spends his millions buying up thousands of acres of land to create nature preserves, and Roxanne Quimby, creator of the cosmetics giant Burt's Bees, who is purchasing huge tracts of forests in Maine woods to trump the real estate investor's visions of resorts, golf courses and suburban homes on clear-cut lands. But other barons are more David than Goliath. The Center for Biological Diversity, a cash-strapped nonprofit founded by an owl expert, scientist and mystic and a former engineering student turned philosopher, is responsible for the recent campaign to fight climate change by protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Engineering professor Andy Frank has spent 20 years battling a recalcitrant [auto] industry and confused policy makers to produce an affordable, plug-in hybrid car. Readers concerned with conservation will appreciate this optimistic if starry-eyed introduction to these little-known giants of the environmental movement. (Mar.) Copyright ┬⌐ Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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