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Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism
     

Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism

by Gregg Easterbrook
 

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In this provocative, widely-discussed book, Gregg Easterbrook asserts that far more environmental progress is being made than today's doomsayers would have us believe. Easterbrook explains why he believes pollution is almost over in the Western world, and why a truly "green" future it coming.

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In this provocative, widely-discussed book, Gregg Easterbrook asserts that far more environmental progress is being made than today's doomsayers would have us believe. Easterbrook explains why he believes pollution is almost over in the Western world, and why a truly "green" future it coming.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalist Easterbrook's optimistic account of humanity's impact on the environment, in which he argues against ecological doomsayers. (Apr.)
Library Journal
A contributing editor to Newsweek and The Atlantic, Easterbrook offers a new approach to environmental thinking characterized by confidence in the ability of human reason and technology to work with nature to create a healthy habitat for humans, plants, and animals. He contrasts his optimistic approach, termed "eco-realism," with the pessimism and doomsaying he finds in current environmentalism. In the first part, Easterbrook attempts to look at the condition of the modern earth from the perspective of a personified nature, reassuringly resilient and resourceful through eons of time. The second part assesses in separate alphabetized chapters the current status of various environmental problems, while the brief third section explores a me'lange of visionary futures for life on Earth and in space. Although Easterbrook supports valid criticisms of alarmist environmentalist tactics, particularly in cases of radiation dangers and chemical safety, his book is likely to provoke controversy because, especially in Part 1, his stance is polemic, his language often satiric, and the viewpoints of environmental spokespersons oversimplified and sometimes distorted. The journalistic practice that omits complete documentation of sources also undercuts the effectiveness of Easterbrook's arguments. Still, this may prove to be an influential book that libraries with environmental collections should consider acquiring.-Joan S. Elbers, formerly with Montgomery Coll., Rockville, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140154511
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.38(d)

Meet the Author

Gregg Easterbrook is the author of six books, including The Progress Paradox. He is a contributing editor to The Atlantic, for which he has written more than a dozen cover stories, and The New Republic. His articles have appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as on the covers of Newsweek and Time. He has appeared on Today, Larry King Live, Nightline, CBS Morning News, All Things Considered, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Diane Rehm Show, and The O’Reilly Factor.

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