A long-time rock critic, the chief music critic for The Village Voice offers an insightful overview of the music of the 1990s, discussing rock, rap, country, world music, and more, and grading albums from A+ works to the total failures. Original. 25,000 first printing.
This is a must for those who are tired of power brownouts and blackouts, skyrocketing energy bills and the feeling that there is nothing we can do to help resolve these problems ourselves. Don't wait for utility bill sticker shock to worsen, or sit through another power outage or energy disruption. This new edition of the guide can help readers to seize their own destiny, become more self-reliant and use the available technology to make their homes more comfortable and their power bills more affordable. Two experts on solar energy have updated their classic guide for homeowners and businesses. Learn about numerous new products, proven reliable and effective, which are now available on the shelves of hardware stores, home supply centres and other outlets. The new edition includes updated information on solar energy tax credits and a host of new state programs supporting clean energy. The incentives total over $3 billion for clean energy installations, and the authors provide a quick guide to accessing these and other consumer benefits.
Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne and John Morrill Energy efficiency pays. For over a decade, the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings has helped people who care about their budgets and about the environment to find energy-saving products. Inside this new, 8th edition: up-to-date lists of the most energy-efficiency appliances and equipment by brand name and model number tips, diagrams, charts, and explanation on nearly every facet of home energy use insulation cooking windows dishwashing heating and cooling systems laundry food storage lighting and much more updated information on energy-efficiency equipment, appliance standards, and the latest tips for saving energy expanded information on ENER...
Consumer Guide takes the time to evaluate the goods most people buy most often--from camcorders to refrigerators to cars--ranking each product for durability, performance, efficiency, design, price, and value. As always, advertising is not accepted, so the reviewers are unbiased and accurate.
From one of the most prestigious nonprofit organizations devoted to environmental issues comes a clear, practical, and rational overview of the relationship between consumers and the environment. Paper or plastic? Bus or car? Old house or new? Cloth diapers or disposables? Some choices have a huge impact on the environment; others are of negligible importance. To those of us who care about our quality of life and what is happening to the earth, this is a vastly important issue. In these pages, the Union of Concerned Scientists help inform consumers about everyday decisions that significantly affect the environment. For example, a few major decisions--such as the choice of a house or vehicle--have such a disproportionately large affect on the environment that minor environmental infractions shrink by comparison. This book identifies the 4 Most Significant Consumer-Related Environmental Problems, the 7 Most Damaging Spending Categories, 11 Priority Actions, and 7 Rules for Responsible Consumption. Learn what you can do to have a truly significant impact on our world from the people who are at the forefront of scientific research. From the Trade Paperback edition.
" Scare headlines about the first human clones appear in our newspapers. Biotech companies brag about manufacturing human embryos as "products" for use in medical treatments. Events are moving so fast—and biotechnology seems so complicated—that many of us worry we can’t keep up. But now, Wesley J. Smith provides us with a guide to the brave new world that is no longer a figment of our imagination, but a reality just around the corner of our lives. Smith unravels the mystery of stem cells and shows what’s at stake in the controversy over using them for research. He describes the emerging science of human cloning—the most radical technology in history—and shows how it moves forward...
Completely redesigned for 1996, to make it easier to find all the information on the cars on any reader's shopping list, Used Car Buying Guide now presents all models in alphabetical order. This annual bestseller steers consumers to the makes and models most likely to provide reliable and practical transportation, thus minimizing the chance of making a costly mistake. Photos. Charts.
Green consumerism is on the rise, but many of us are confused by an avalanche of information - much of it conflicting. We want to do the right thing to help save energy and resources, but where can we start as everyday consumers? Can we do anything to make a difference? Julia Hailes, environmental expert and co-author of the original Green Consumer Guide (Gollancz, 1988), is adamant that we can. The New Green Consumer Guide is accessible and reader-friendly, addressing all the questions the general consumer is asking, giving authoritative advice on a wide range of issues, explaining which products, brands and companies are getting it right - and which ones are getting it wrong. With clearly presented sections on home and garden, food and drink, electrical goods and the office, plus travel, transport, fashion and cosmetics, it is written with today's lifestyles in mind. With full-colour pages and illustrations throughout, and with scores of tips, checklists and ideas, The New Green Consumer Guide offers real, affordable solutions to the world's most-talked-about challenge. It will be the only guide to greener living that busy consumers will need.