The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet

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Overview

Whether he's discussing how to reconcile economy with ecology, why a warmer world will result in more poison ivy, why Britney Spears gets more hits on Google than global warming does, or why we might need to start eating jellyfish for supper, David Suzuki points the direction we must take as a society if we hope to meet the environmental challenges we face in our still-young century. Covering suburban sprawl, sustainable transportation, food shortages, biodiversity, technology, public policy, and more, The Big Picture not only identifies the problems we face but proposes solid, science-based solutions. These engaging essays look beyond environmental challenges to examine the forces that are preventing real change from occurring. Together they tell the story of a species struggling to come to grips with its own biological nature, a nature we must ultimately embrace to live in balance with the systems that sustain us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553653974
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 832,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Blinded by Science Research and the perils of ignorance 5

2 Smarter Than Your Average Planet Interconnections in the biosphere 34

3 Getting to Know the Joneses Protecting the diversity of life on Earth 58

4 Putting Mother Nature on the Payroll Natural services and economics 84

5 Hot Hot Heat Global warming and climate change 110

6 You Can't Get There from Here Car culture and global transportation 136

7 Jellyfish-It's What's for Dinner Feeding the planet in the twenty-first century 163

8 The True Cost of Gadgets Technology and the culture of consumerism 194

9 Lights, Camera, Sound Bite Social change and the media 219

10 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Public policy for a sustainable planet 245

Final Words 271

Acknowledgments 273

Index 275

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