The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World / Edition 1

The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World / Edition 1

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by Bjorn Lomborg, Bjern Lomberg
     
 

Everyday, various opinions are expressed in the media regarding doubts over the Kyoto agreement and the international community's ethical responsibility to the future of the environment. In his controversial new book, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, Bjorn Lomborg, offers a fresh perspective to the debate and challengesSee more details below

Overview

Everyday, various opinions are expressed in the media regarding doubts over the Kyoto agreement and the international community's ethical responsibility to the future of the environment. In his controversial new book, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, Bjorn Lomborg, offers a fresh perspective to the debate and challenges the view that we are destroying our planet irrevocably by exploding the widely propagated myth tat the state of the environment continues to spiral downwards beyond our control.

Lomborg investigates a variety of issues, including:

  • Global Climate Change - Are we dealing with the problem in the right way?
  • Resources - Are we living on borrowed time?
  • GM Foods - Diaster or blessing?
  • Waste - Are we running out of space?
  • Forests - Are we losing them?
  • Lomborg answers such questions and stresses the need for clear-headed prioritization of resources to tackle real, not imagined, problems. The Skeptical Environmentalist is the result of extensive analysis of a wide range of statistical data and serves as a useful juxtaposition to the headline-grabbing examples used by advocacy groups and the media.

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780521010689
    Publisher:
    Cambridge University Press
    Publication date:
    12/14/2001
    Edition description:
    Reprint
    Pages:
    540
    Sales rank:
    633,659
    Product dimensions:
    6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.38(d)

    Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface
    Language and measures
    Acknowledgements
    Permissions
    Pt. 1The Litany
    1Things are getting better3
    2Why do we hear so much bad news?34
    Pt. IIHuman Welfare
    3Measuring human welfare45
    4Life expectancy and health50
    5Food and hunger60
    6Prosperity70
    7Conclusion to Part II: unprecedented human prosperity87
    Pt. IIICan human prosperity continue?
    8Are we living on borrowed time?91
    9Will we have enough food?93
    10Forests - are we losing them?110
    11Energy118
    12Non-energy resources137
    13Water149
    14Conclusion to Part III: continued prosperity159
    Pt. IVPollution: does it undercut human prosperity?
    15Air pollution163
    16Acid rain and forest death178
    17Indoor air pollution182
    18Allergies and asthma185
    19Water pollution189
    20Waste: running out of space?206
    21Conclusion to Part IV: the pollution burden has diminished210
    Pt. VTomorrow's problems
    22Our chemical fears215
    23Biodiversity249
    24Global warming258
    Pt. VIThe Real State of the World
    25Predicament or progress?327
    Notes353
    Bibliography435
    Index506

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