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Earth Report 2000: Revisiting the True State of the Planet Paperback – October 29, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0071342605 ISBN-10: 0071342605

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies (October 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071342605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071342605
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,902,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Since the first Earth Day was held thirty years ago, report cards on Planet Earth have become a litany of gloomy predictions: global warming, overpopulation, polluted oceans and dwindling natural resources. The arrival of the 21st century is the perfect moment to reexamine our planets ability to sustain humankind, and Earth Report 2000, sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute "the best environmental think tank in the country," according to the Wall Street Journalsets a new standard for such an examination. In remarkably clear fashion, Earth Report 2000 explains the key issues regarding our planets fitness to sustain future generations. It debunks many of the myths, statistical and scientific, that have influenced policies of the recent past. And it offers a persuasive argument for rethinking our approach to the most critical dilemmas of the next century. Environmental concerns both long familiarglobal warming and overpopulationand startlingly newthe "toxic menace" of endocrine disruptorsare addressed. Throughout, the expert authors, gathered from such distinguished institutions as the University of Chicago, NASA, the World Bank and the Cato Institute, challenge many widely held ideas. In doing so, they make compelling forecasts about a future world quite different from that envisioned by environmentalists, politicians and the news media. Intended to arm all the planets citizens with the knowledge required to face the future, Earth Report 2000 is an invaluable tool in addressing the challenges that lie ahead.

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52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By David Wojick on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the best book available on debunking apocalypse scares. The chapters on climate change and population growth are particularly valuable. Each chapter is written by an expert, in clear nontechnical fashion. Plus there is a wealth of data.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By H. Bramlet on July 31, 2001
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TANSTAAFL - It's just that simple.
This acronym, meaning "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" is at the heart of this book- understanding and embracing it not as a phylosophy, but as a law of the universe.
Earth Report contributors understand that there is absolutely nothing in this world that comes without some cost. This understanding helps them make suggestions that encourage using laws of supply and demand to improve our economy.
Overfishing: There is always a cost to fishing. When no one is responsible for absorbing the costs of fishing, the cost is in the fish resources- populations of fish dwindle and we run out of the supply. But if someone has a vested interest in a fishing area, they can pass the cost onto the human economy. Their profits ensure that the area remains sustainable. Healthy fish need a healthy environment. Would you let someone dump toxic waste into your private fishery? Of course not.
Environment: This old topic has been hashed over again and again- usually with people arguing about whether or not humans are responsible for warming. But beyond this is the compelling argument of, "WHo Cares!" What is the cost of trying to stop HUMAN caused global warming? Huge. But we know that in the past, the earth has warmed even more without our help. If we pay the cost to stop human global warming, and natural global warming (or even worse- cooling) occurs, will our crippled economy be able to handle it? Most likely not. There is a real and dangerous cost to limiting our economy- one that this book points out when comparing the affects of natural disasters on robust economies versus weak ones. Any guess which one is more apt to deal with natural disasters?
This book is one sided, and presents one point of view. Read it along with the other information out there and I think you will be well on your way to forming your own opinions.
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I've been a skeptic of global warming and other myths for a long time now, and this book reconfirms my skepticism while increasing my optimism. I have also been an environmentalist (not like today's vicious freaks) since the early '70s. I live a small footprint and strive to help others do the same. Let's get rid of the Chicken Littles and get on with cleaning up our act (and the world) in a sane, frugal, and orderly fashion. This book is a great start in that direction and I hope many, many people read it.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Hanson on April 30, 2002
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"Earth Report 2000" was written by ten scientists, each with excellent credentials, each writing on a different environmental topic. Here are the ten section titles:
1. Population, Food and Income
2. Pesticides: Increasing Food Supplies While Preserving Biodiversity
3. Global Warming
4. The Coming Age of Abundance
5. Causes and Prevention of Cancer
6. Forests
7. Conserving Biodiversity
8. Water Options
9. Rescuing the Oceans
10. Global Air Quality
It's a tour-de-force of all the important environmental concerns, and paints a much more optimistic scenario than we hear from some environmentalists and politicians. The book was edited by Ronald Bailey, who has also written on the subject in his book,"Eco-Scam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocolypse."
Ron Bailey was formerly producer of a national PBS series called "Technopolitics." His style is confrontational and expresses more than just skepticism. He points out various statements of some politicians and more extreme environmentalists that suggest they are willing to resort to deception to gain public support for an anti-growth environmental program aimed at the goal of a more egalitarian society. He may be a little TOO confrontational for some readers, but exposure to his points seems to me to be essential for ANYONE to reach an informed view about the environment. I srongly recomment it!!!
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27 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2000
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I find it interesting that people who disagree with those like the authors of Earth Report almost all respond like the reader below. They say "the science does not back them" and then find it too much trouble to be specific about even one point. Of course he did go right to the favorite attack of those who read Mother Jones: "my opponents have no credibility" that's right let's not talk about the arguments let's just sling mud.
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27 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2000
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. . . you'll enjoy this informative, well researched book. Offers a wealth of layman-friendly data on climate, population and other sensitive subject matter and best of all, expert assurance that the sky ISN'T falling, and what we should be doing instead of panicking.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy G. Snyder on January 6, 2006
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I haven't actually read this book I admit, but I wanted to address a few things that the detractors have in mind. First, big government actually harms the environment. Public ownership of lands takes away the private conservation that could otherwise occur. Price floors in the economy are another good example of government waste, as price ceilings take away from the conservation efforts of consumers and price floors create excess supplies, which eventually go to waste, forcing producers to produce even more, which is more taxing on the environment than producing and selling without price floors. Property rights also create incentives for keeping forests clean, as privately owned forests almost never burn due to their owners clearing underbrush and taking personal responsibility for them, as even loggers take care of, set limits on cutting down, and replant land that they privately own moreso than those loggers on private land. Another problem with government is that it catters to conflicting interests. Suppose someone invented a kind of solar power technology that was cost-efficient, capable of massive abundance of energy use, didn't have any emmission whatsoever, but was capable of killing hundreds of people a year, due to misuse or accidents. Government would likely outlaw it even though the technology would stop global warming and potentially save far more lives in the process. The "consumer advocates" get their way instead. The welfare state is another problem as it tends to produce irresponsible breeding due to an unending supply of funds for people. Many people on welfare stopped having so many children after President Clinto himself proposed reform.Read more ›
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