Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crises

Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crises

by Jeremy B. C. Jackson, Steve Chapple


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An insightful look at the American environmental crisis and emerging solutions from the heartland to the coasts in the era of global climate change

Eminent ecologist Jeremy B. C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expands to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country. Artfully weaving together independent research and engaging storytelling, Jackson and Chapple examine the looming threats from recent hurricanes and fires, industrial agriculture, river mismanagement, extreme weather events, drought, and rising sea levels that are pushing the country toward the breaking point of ecological and economic collapse.
Yet, despite these challenges, the authors provide optimistic and practical solutions for addressing these multidimensional issues to achieve greater environmental stability, human well‑being, and future economic prosperity. With a passionate call to action, they look hopefully toward emerging and achievable solutions to preserve the country’s future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300244397
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 326,840
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeremy B. C. Jackson is an emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. Steve Chapple is an award‑winning author and writer of the national newspaper column Intellectual Capital. His previous books include Kayaking the Full Moon and, with David Brower, Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Part I Heartland

1 Corn Off the Cob 3

2 Food versus Fuel 13

3 Where's the Food? 23

4 Don't Drink That! 32

Part II Coast

5 Delta Dawn 45

6 Blue Bayou 70

7 The Fate of a Great City 104

Part III Too Little Water and Too Much

8 Sea Level Rise Is Dangerous 119

9 Retreat from the Coasts 135

10 Agriculture in Crisis 147

11 Reinventing Agriculture 157

Epilogue: America at the Crossroads 170

Notes 205

Index 277

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