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- DescriptionIn his monumental bestsellers, The Closing Circle and Science and Survival, Barry Commoner was one of the first scientists to alert us to the hideous environmental costs of our techlogical development. Now, twenty years later, Commoner reviews the vast efforts made in the public and private spheres to address and control the damage done and shows us why, despite billions of dollars spent to save the environment, we w find ourselves in an even deeper crisis. It is a book of hard facts and figures whose conclusion that environmental pollution can be prevented only through fundamental redesign of the way we produce goods demands basic changes all across America, from the highest offices in Washington, D.C., to your own kitchen garbage can.If, in the sixties and seventies, an eco-revolution seemed afoot, Commoner w documents how short we have fallen. Attempts to reshape consumer patterns have been halfhearted, there have been terrible miscalculations in government policy (and in environmental organization strategies), and we still face the deliberate resistance of private industry to change.Despite these problems, Commoner argues convincingly for the key role still to be played by community organizations in scrutinizing and directing environmental action.Translating technical information into digestible form, Commoner takes us step by step through an EPA environmental impact review, breaks down the arguments for and against incineration, explains dioxin, Bhopal, auto emission controls, mercury poisoning, the greenhouse effect, and the Byzantine calculation of acceptable risk in ways that show how each of these factors affects all of us.With a new introduction by the author, Making Peace with the Planet makes a clear and impassioned plea for us to stop wasting money and precious nrenewable resources, including time.
- Author BiographyBarry Commoner (1917 2012) directed the Center for Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College and lives in Brooklyn. His previous books include Science and Survival, The Closing Circle, The Poverty of Power, and The Politics of Energy.
- Author(s)Barry Commoner
- PublisherThe New Press
- Date of Publication08/01/1993
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe New Press
- Out-of-print date13/01/2011
- Content Notenotes, index
- Weight354 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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