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Top 10 environmental books of 2009

By: Jessica Knoblauch on Jan. 7, 2010, 8 a.m.
Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples by Mark Dowie

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"Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples" by Mark Dowie

Though conservation has long been heralded as a way to preserve Mother Nature for future generations, there is a dark side to the movement that’s conjured up in the faces of indigenous peoples forced out of their homes and off of their land — all in the name of environmental protection. Investigative journalist Mark Dowie expertly and evenhandedly explores this complex issue by exploring the stories of people on both sides of the debate — the natives and the conservationists.