Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet / Edition 1

Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet / Edition 1

by Seymour Garte
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814409105

ISBN-13: 9780814409107

Pub. Date: 10/03/2007

Publisher: AMACOM Books

Global warming, new epidemics, and the destruction of natural resources have all made the future of the planet seem increasingly dire. But the real truth, according to respected scientist Dr. Seymour Garte, is that the environment is actually in better shape than we have been led to believe.

Where We Stand will serve as a reality check for a debate

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Overview

Global warming, new epidemics, and the destruction of natural resources have all made the future of the planet seem increasingly dire. But the real truth, according to respected scientist Dr. Seymour Garte, is that the environment is actually in better shape than we have been led to believe.

Where We Stand will serve as a reality check for a debate surrounded by controversy. Garte presents irrefutable evidence that the state of the environment and human welfare has been improving steadily for the past two decades and that our efforts to "save the planet" are working. Contrary to popular opinion, the air and water are getting cleaner, cancer rates are decreasing, and forestation is improving. Meant to motivate — not to lull — Where We Stand will energize future efforts with the knowledge that we can make a difference. In giving us the good news, Garte does not neglect the bad; those issues that urgently need to be dealt with. There is still work to be done, but with a clearer picture of where we stand today, we will have a better chance for tomorrow. Hopeful, balanced, and convincing, this is a book that will change the way readers view the planet and the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814409107
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
10/03/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures v

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

PART I—Where We Stand Now: Reasons for Optimism

2 Health 27

3 Environmental Quality 58

4 Toxic Substances 80

5 Ecology and Biodiversity 104

6 Global Welfare and the Human Population 120

Part II—Where We Have Been: Historical Lessons

7 Political Climate and Health 145

8 From Bad to Better 171

9 Case Histories—Lead, Ozone, Tobacco, GMOs 204

Part III—The Way Forward

10 Environmental Philosophies and World Views 241

Epilogue: The Future 265

Bibliography 273

Index 283

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