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Challenging Environmental Mythology: Wrestling Zeus: Uncover the Truths Environmental Extremists Don't Want you to Know

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Do you believe that the pesticide DDT is responsible for the near destruction of many species of birds? Do you think that our air and water are dirtier now than ever before? Are you worried about global warming? Do you believe that nature is so frail as to be on the verge of collapse due to human interventions? This book challenges current environmental doctrine and beliefs that have broad consensus in the American psyche. The challenges are based in the research of scientists worldwide and published within ...
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Overview

Do you believe that the pesticide DDT is responsible for the near destruction of many species of birds? Do you think that our air and water are dirtier now than ever before? Are you worried about global warming? Do you believe that nature is so frail as to be on the verge of collapse due to human interventions? This book challenges current environmental doctrine and beliefs that have broad consensus in the American psyche. The challenges are based in the research of scientists worldwide and published within hundreds of books and thousands of articles which have not received the attention they deserve from American media. For example, research has shown that DDT was not responsible for egg-shell thinning, nor was it the poison environmental activists purported it to be. Our air and water are cleaner today than it has been in the last half-century, did you know? The actual rise in temperature over the last century has been less than one degree Fahrenheit, so is global warming really an issue that we should spend billions on? Research also showed that the beaches in Prince William Sound that were not cleaned after the Exxon Valdez disaster were in better shape 7 years later than those that were cleaned. Thirty two chapters on issues from chemicals to radiation risk, as well as a section on the culture of the environment might just change your mind on several issues. It will give you what you have been lacking for decades...the other side of the story.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781891121296
  • Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Foreword: Jay Lehr
Persmission to Publish: Jack Dini
Sect. I Pollution 1
1 Can Someone Please Define Pollution? 2
2 The Good Old Days - Weren't 7
3 Indoor Air Pollution - Is Your Home Sick? 14
4 Nitric Oxide - From Pollutant to Molecule of the Year 19
5 Global Warming: The Controversy Rages On 23
Sect. 2 Chemicals - The Other Side of the Story 33
6 Chemophobia 34
7 Poopophobia 40
8 DDT: The Real Story 44
9 The Single Molecule Theory of Chemical Contamination 54
10 Hormesis: Mother Knows Best 59
11 A Vocabulary Lesson - Bioavailability and Chirality 64
12 Nature's Newly Discovered Chemical Behaves like PCBs 70
Sect. 3 Mother Nature - Do We Control Her Destiny? 75
13 Nature, Frail or Force to be Reckoned With? 76
14 Species Extinction May Not Be Caused By Pollution 82
15 Killer Rocks: Please Spend My Money Here! 86
Sect. 4 Assessing Risks and the Costs of Life 91
16 The Precautionary Principle - Better Off Staying in Bed 92
17 The Cost of a Life and Interventions 97
18 One in a Million - Human Health Risk 107
19 The EPA's Fat Chance 111
Sect. 5 Radiation and Cancer Risk 115
20 Radiation - It's What You Think You Know 116
21 Radiation Hormesis - A Little Bit Means A Lot 123
22 Cancer Clusters - Shoot First, Ask Nothing 127
23 Poverty is the Worst Carcinogen 132
Sect. 6 The Culture of the Environment 135
24 Environmental Indicators - "Gimme the Bad News Doc!" 136
25 Bad News is Big News 141
26 Scientists vs. Journalists 150
27 Environmental Education - Breeding Brainwashed Activists? 156
28 Statistics: Speaking With Forked Tongues 161
29 Environmentalism and Cultural Differences - The "Envirocrats" 167
30 Environmental Hysteria - Funny Stories, Serious Morals 172
Sect. 7 The Lighter Side 179
31 Chasing the Little White Ball 180
32 Noah - A Modern Version 185
Index 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    Finally a counter to the pseudo science & hype

    Dini's book is a fast read that counters many of the commonly held fictions that are presently held as facts by the media and the 'environmentalists'. Fully referenced, it presents case after case where hype and hysteria has replaced good objective scientific facts resulting in public policy based on a socio-political basis. Just yesterday (April 3rd, 2004) the San Jose Mercury news ran an article on some bird eggs being rescued from certain death because the egg shells were too thin because of DDT - a commonly held belief that is not based on fact, and is refuted in Dini's book. The real shame is the huge waste of public funds that could be redirected to efforts that really would result in more lives being saved.

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