Conserving the Environment


The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.

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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.

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VOYA - Laura Panter
The "Current Controversies" series explores the social, political and economic controversies that are plaguing world today. Each chapter begins with a preface that offers background information on the topic at hand. The chapters are organized around key questions that are answered by various authors with differing opinions. The opinions of the authors of each article are those that could be found in our every day society. Conserving the Environment shines an unfavorable light on the fate of the world in the near future should society continue to ignore the dangers of over-population and over-consumption. While some authors predict there will be wars over our waterways and mass starvation from lack of resources, there are other experts that say the extinction of species and the collapse of ecosystems are grossly exaggerated. There are articles to support the progression of global warming and there is just as much documentation concerning high temperatures in ancient times to disprove the severity of the aforementioned climate change. This series is mainly designed for controlled research through information gleaned from periodicals, newspapers, books, government documents and organizations; however, the drawback is that most information contained in these books is already over a year old. More accurate information can be found through databases and online research. This would be a good purchase for libraries if students needed older statistics to back up their position while writing a research paper. Reviewer: Laura Panter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737746617
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 16

Chapter 1 How Serious Is the Global Environmental Crisis?

Chapter Preface 22

Climate Change Is a Serious Problem: Current Events 26

Climate Change Is Not a Catastrophe Kevin Berger 30

Increasing Air Pollution Is Creating Atmospheric Brown Clouds: United Nations Environment Programme 39

The Health of the World's Oceans Is Rapidly Declining: Pew Environmental Group 46

The World Is Facing a Global Water Crisis Maude Barlow 50

Overpopulation Is the Central Environmental Crisis Facing the World Paul R. Ehrlich Anne H. Ehrlich 58

Chapter 2 Is Global Warming a Real Threat?

Chapter Overview Robert S. Boyd 66

Yes: Global Warming Is a Real Threat

Global Warming Is the Greatest Threat Humans Have Ever Faced Bill McKibben 70

Global Warming Could Lead to World Poverty and War Brad Knickerbocker 76

It May Already Be Too Late to Save the Planet from Global Warming Michael McCarthy 80

No: Global Warming Is Not a Real Threat

Global Warming Is Not a Crisis Philip Stott 86

There Is No Scientific Consensus on Global Warming Wes Vernon 90

The United Nations' Climate Reports Are Full of Errors Christopher Monckton 96

Global Warming Is a Myth Walter Starck 101

Chapter 3 Is Biodiversity Loss a Major Concern?

Chapter Overview Anup Shah 107

Yes: Biodiversity Loss Is a Major Concern

Biocide Is a Bigger Threat than Global Warming Rebecca Sato 117

Human Health Depends on Plant and Animal Biodiversity: United Nations Development Programme 122

Marine Biodiversity Is at Great Risk Nancy Knowlton 132

No: Biodiversity Loss Is Not a Major Concern

Biodiversity Loss Has Been Greatly Exaggerated: Sustainable Development Network 137

Some Species Should Be Allowed to Become Extinct Murray Whyte 141

Species Preservation Must Be Balanced with Competing Human Needs David Stirling 147

Chapter 4 What Steps Are Necessary to Better Protect the Environment?

Chapter Preface 152

The New U.S. President Must Undo the George W. Bush Administration's Environmental Policies Emily Bazelon Paul Sabin 153

The World Must Curtail Greenhouse Emissions Even Faster than Previously Thought Robin McKie 161

Biodiversity Hotspots Must Be Protected E.O. Wilson 167

Market Incentives Can Solve Environmental Problems Fred Krupp 170

The Market Cannot Solve the Environmental Crisis Tony lltis 180

The Economy Must Be Reshaped to Save the Earth: New Scientist 183

The Current Economic Crisis Provides Opportunities to Create a Sustainable Global Economy Jonathan Lash 186

Organizations to Contact 189

Bibliography 197

Index 203

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