This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World [NOOK Book]

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Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose names live in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with these, the extraordinary and inspirational stories of the countless men and women who ...

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This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World

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Overview


Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose names live in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with these, the extraordinary and inspirational stories of the countless men and women who fought bravely to protect the communities and environments at risk.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230105270
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: MacSci
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 320,124
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Robert Emmet Hernan is a former senior counsel for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Assistant Attorney General for New York State. He was a trial lawyer for New York State in the infamous Love Canal Case. He lives in New York City.


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Table of Contents


Preface by Bill McKibben * Foreword by Graham Nash * Introduction by Robert Emmet Hernan * Minamata, Japan, 1950s * London Fog, England, 1952 * Windscale, England, 1957 * Seveso, Italy, 1976 * Love Canal, New York, 1978 * Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, 1979 * Times Beach, Missouri, 1982 * Bhopal, India, 1984 * Chernobyl, Ukraine, 1986 * Rhine River, Switzerland, 1986 * Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1989 * Oil Spills and Fires of Kuwait, 1991 * Dassen and Robben Islands, South Africa, 2000 * Brazilian Rainforest * Global Warming * List of Environmental Organizations * Sources

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Great book!

    This is a fantastic book and a must read for students, environmentalists, elected officials, and anyone who cares to learn from the mistakes of the past. Powerfully written and meticulously researched, Mr. Hernan writes with authority, drawing from his career as a prosecutor on the front lines of the fight against pollution.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    compelling stories

    "This Borrowed Earth" is an amazing book, and should be required reading in every classroom. Described here are fifteen of the worst man-mand disasters that have shaped and given urgency to the contemporary environmental movement. Each story is told with clarity and compassion. Hernan lets the facts speak for themselves but in a prose so limpidly clear as to be hypnotic. Full of information about the causes of these disasters, the book also focuses on the human experiences around the events, often heartbreaking. But the stories of individual courage and achievement are also inspiring and stand in stark contrast to the tales of corporate ignorance and/or indifference. Each new generation should be made aware of this history. Many of us born after the 1970's are shockingly unfamiliar with these landmark crises. This is a book that will help future generations avoid the mistakes of the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    No stars! Absolutly horrid!

    I would give this book a zero! The ----- administration is crap! Monkeys could do better! At least bush didn't cause more dept to this country than all the other presidents combined! Unlike another president that i could name! I am done with all this greeny, libral, obama loving, hippi junk! I am through with it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Compelling and Persuasive

    Clearly and persuasively rendered, with transparent and graceful style, Hernan's book is beyond unsettling as an account of current corporate and governmental regard for the public health and safety in the field of environmental regulation. Must read for those in the field or interested in it. Also a powerful teaching tool.

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