Eco-facts and Eco-fiction: Understanding the Environmental Debate

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Ozone-friendly, recyclable, zero-waste, elimination of toxic chemicals - such environmental ideals are believed to offer solutions to the environmental crisis. Where do these ideals come from? Is the environmental debate communicating the right problems?
Eco-Facts and Eco-Fiction examines serious errors in perceptions about human and environmental health. Drawing on a wealth of everyday examples of local and global concerns, the author explains basic concepts and observations ...

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Overview

Ozone-friendly, recyclable, zero-waste, elimination of toxic chemicals - such environmental ideals are believed to offer solutions to the environmental crisis. Where do these ideals come from? Is the environmental debate communicating the right problems?
Eco-Facts and Eco-Fiction examines serious errors in perceptions about human and environmental health. Drawing on a wealth of everyday examples of local and global concerns, the author explains basic concepts and observations relating to the environment. Removing fear of science and technology and eliminating wrong perceptions lead to a more informed understanding of the environment as a science, a philosophy, and a lifestyle.
By revealing the flaws in today's environmental vocabulary, this book stresses the urgent need for a common language in the environmental debate. Such a common language encourages the effective communication between environmental science and environmental decision-making that is essential for finding solutions to environmental problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415130219
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/19/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Baarschers is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Senior Advisor to the Resource Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Lakehead University, Canada

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The Three Es: earth, ecology, and environment 9
3 Science and the scientists 25
4 Chemistry, chemicals, and the chemists 42
5 How toxic is toxic? 62
6 Cancer everywhere? 87
7 Energy and the laws of nature 105
8 Air for breathing 124
9 Water for drinking 143
10 Food for eating 161
11 Waste not, want not 180
12 Organochlorines - killer chemicals? 199
13 Conclusion 224
Notes 232
Name index 256
Subject index 259
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