VOYA - Ann T. Reddy-DamonIn a series that includes books on controversial issues of abortion, the environment, gay rights, genetic engineering, and immigration, each volume presents a fascinating look at how these issues have evolved-and stayed the same-throughout America's history. The Environment sets up the divide between the conservationist and the protectionist movements as starting with the alliance between John Muir and Gifford Pinchot. Using primary sources by Henry David Thoreau and Theodore Roosevelt, the roots of conservation are eloquently set forth while Benjamin Kline explains how Muir and Pinchot became vehement opponents over the Hetch Hetchy Dam project of 1913. Caula A. Beyl's essay on Rachel Carson's Silent Spring brings the issue into the mid-twentieth century. Richard Nixon's legacy of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the passing of the Clean Air and Water Acts brings the debate to the 1970s. Dave Foreman calls for a radical activist approach to preservation while Robert D. Bullard points out that pollution and environmental problems target the poor and racial minorities to a greater extent. The issue enters the global environment in the 1990s and leaves the reader with a balanced presentation of both sides. One can easily recommend this series for libraries needing to update their social science section to tie current controversial issues with their historic evolution.
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The book The Environment Opposing Viewpoints is an intelligently written book displaying the different opinions on the current environmental issues. With six different observations to each chapter, the reader is able to form an idea of the topic and choose a side to the crisis or the mild idea. As some credited authors give more detailed explanations on why the world is in a global state of awareness about the amount of pollution and use of automotive vehicles, others believe the world is in fact not in any danger of “sinking” or becoming unlivable in the future. As the book goes on, the different global worries are presented and counteracted and then supported to create a sense of what is happening in the world today as far as the current environmental issues. The book itself provides many reliable sources to study the different strategies for conserving energy, recycling, and how to avoid major polluting. The authors go into great detail on how the continuous careless littering and energy waste within the American lifestyle has altered the earth’s lifespan and can ultimately end in a global phenomenon. On the contrary, some authors believe the American life is no threat to the environment and there is no need to make changes to the way some live. They do not think it would be any more beneficial to the world if the US changes to energy saving lights or becomes more environmentally aware of the possible outcomes in the future because there is not believed to be any. Although both sides give strong details on what is “right” in the subject of the environment, they are just opinions to sway the reader to one side or the other. The Environment Opposing Viewpoints is a great read when figuring out what environmental standpoint one takes when speaking globally and nationally.