The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 How Serious Is the Global Environmental Crisis?
Chapter Preface 22
Climate Change Is a Serious Problem: Current Events 26
Climate Change Is Not a Catastrophe Kevin Berger 30
Increasing Air Pollution Is Creating Atmospheric Brown Clouds: United Nations Environment Programme 39
The Health of the World's Oceans Is Rapidly Declining: Pew Environmental Group 46
The World Is Facing a Global Water Crisis Maude Barlow 50
Overpopulation Is the Central Environmental Crisis Facing the World Paul R. Ehrlich Anne H. Ehrlich 58
Chapter 2 Is Global Warming a Real Threat?
Chapter Overview Robert S. Boyd 66
Yes: Global Warming Is a Real Threat
Global Warming Is the Greatest Threat Humans Have Ever Faced Bill McKibben 70
Global Warming Could Lead to World Poverty and War Brad Knickerbocker 76
It May Already Be Too Late to Save the Planet from Global Warming Michael McCarthy 80
No: Global Warming Is Not a Real Threat
Global Warming Is Not a Crisis Philip Stott 86
There Is No Scientific Consensus on Global Warming Wes Vernon 90
The United Nations' Climate Reports Are Full of Errors Christopher Monckton 96
Global Warming Is a Myth Walter Starck 101
Chapter 3 Is Biodiversity Loss a Major Concern?
Chapter Overview Anup Shah 107
Yes: Biodiversity Loss Is a Major Concern
Biocide Is a Bigger Threat than Global Warming Rebecca Sato 117
Human Health Depends on Plant and Animal Biodiversity: United Nations Development Programme 122
Marine Biodiversity Is at Great Risk Nancy Knowlton 132
No: Biodiversity Loss Is Not a Major Concern
Biodiversity Loss Has Been Greatly Exaggerated: Sustainable Development Network 137
Some Species Should Be Allowed to Become Extinct Murray Whyte 141
Species Preservation Must Be Balanced with Competing Human Needs David Stirling 147
Chapter 4 What Steps Are Necessary to Better Protect the Environment?
Chapter Preface 152
The New U.S. President Must Undo the George W. Bush Administration's Environmental Policies Emily Bazelon Paul Sabin 153
The World Must Curtail Greenhouse Emissions Even Faster than Previously Thought Robin McKie 161
Biodiversity Hotspots Must Be Protected E.O. Wilson 167
Market Incentives Can Solve Environmental Problems Fred Krupp 170
The Market Cannot Solve the Environmental Crisis Tony lltis 180
The Economy Must Be Reshaped to Save the Earth: New Scientist 183
The Current Economic Crisis Provides Opportunities to Create a Sustainable Global Economy Jonathan Lash 186
Organizations to Contact 189