Tales of an Ecotourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us about Climate Change

Tales of an Ecotourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us about Climate Change

by Mike Gunter

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438466781
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 460
Sales rank: 330,701
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mike Gunter Jr. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Political Science department and Director of International Affairs in the Holt School. He is the author of Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Seeing the World Anew

Part I. What's Up, Doc?
The Galápagos Islands and Scientific Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change

1. Cartoonish Beginnings

2. From Maps to Modeling

3. Queasiness and Uncertainty

4. Darwin, Science, and Spirituality

5. Irreversible Is Not Inevitable

Part II. Show Me the Money!
The Great Barrier Reef and Economic Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change

6. Looks Can Be Deceiving

7. The Blame Game

8. Building Blocks . . . and Tearing Them Down

9. Human Influences—From Lemons to Lemonade?

10. Spending to Save

Part III. Lions, Rhinos, And Hyenas . . . Oh My
South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and Cultural Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change

11. Insurance

12. Rainbow Nation

13. Parks and People

14. All Politics Is Local, but . . .

Part IV. I Have a Dream
Tambopata Research Center and Social Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change

15. Traveling Alone

16. Amid the Deafening Silence

17. Nurturing Nature—at the Nest

18. At the Colpa Colorado

Part V. THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
The Antarctic Peninsula and Political Obstacles to Understanding Climate Change

19. Kicking the Carbon Habit

20. Market Mechanisms: Cap and Trade versus the Carbon Tax

21. Fundamentally Flawed?

22. More with Less . . . Or, from Vicious to Virtuous Circles

Conclusions: The Power of Travel
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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