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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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"Where We Stand, is an antidote for an overly pessimistic view of the future of the environment...He presents an authoritative and compelling argument for the role of technology and scientific discovery -- an unusual stance in the ecological worldview." ---HealthNet Media

"Dr. Garte does a very good job of spelling out where we're doing well, how we've failed, and what we can continue to do to improve. This book is a testament to the academics and good attitude of Dr. Garte, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Hopefully, by reading it, everyone can learn something, whatever your personal or political views on the subject. I highly recommend this book!" --MilitantLibertarian.org

"Garte’s reasoned discussion[…]a valuable tool for increasing science literacy with regards to the important environmental issues of the day." --Publishers Weekly

"For people who are put off by all the talk of global warming these days, a new book, ‘Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet’ by Seymour Garte, Ph.D., gives a balanced and in many ways positive view of the state of the planet. Garte, a professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, goes over both the critical issues still facing man, as well as the often-forgotten progress and positive developments. Perusing the book, I find the author’s messages to be more insightful than I would have expected with a level of optimism that’s refreshing.” -- Green World Blog, BostonHerald.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814409107
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 10/3/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Garte, Ph.d. (Pittsburgh, PA) is a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and a working scientist with over 30 years of experience in the field. His articles have appeared in Nature and countless other scientific publications. He has been funded in his research by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society.

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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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