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Wolbarst, a physicist at the Environmental Protection Agency, has collected EPA seminars given by 11 distinguished figures--among them Ralph Nader, John Kenneth Galbraith, Barry Commoner, Jacques Cousteau, Paul Ehrlich, Lester Brown and Carl Sagan. In these forceful presentations the most frequently cited environmental threat is overpopulation, seen as exacerbating a host of perilous situations. Among the issues discussed in detail are ozone depletion, the warming of the earth's temperature, plant and animal extinction, hazardous wastes, soil and fresh water loss, climatic changes and deforestation. The statistics are riveting: world population increases by 88 million people a year; deforestation occurs 10 times faster than the trees can be replaced. On the positive side is increased public awareness of and concern about the environment. Solutions offered include these remedies from Carl Sagan: a quick phaseout of chlorofluorocarbon production; more efficient use of energy; a search for renewable energy sources; and planting and preserving forests. A basic, essential environmental reader. (Feb.)
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Arising from a series of lectures delivered at EPA seminars, presentations by 11 world leaders in conservation, ecology, and public policy (including Paul Ehrlich, Jacques Cousteau, John Kenneth Galbraith, Ralph Nader, Carl Sagan, Barry Commoner, and Lester Brown) speak to broad environmental issues, with special emphasis on how government can and must act to preserve the planet and its varied life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560980926
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1991
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
The Management of Environmental Violence: Regulation or Reluctance? 2
The Economic Case for the Environment 26
The Failure of the Environmental Effort 38
"Can the World Be Saved?" 64
Should EPA Have Cabinet Status? 82
A Global View of Environmental Problems 96
Can We Respond to the Growing Environmental Threat to Civilization? 110
Environmental Problems in the Tropics 140
The Battle for the Planet: A Status Report 154
The End of the Beginning 188
Croesus and Cassandra: Policy Response to Global Change 202
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