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Ecocide in the USSR: Health And Nature Under Siege Paperback – July 21, 1993
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Lester R. Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, is one of the world's most widely published authors, with books in more than forty languages. A MacArthur Fellow, he lives in Washington, DC.
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The chapters are divided into broad categories, the logical ones from the point of view of environment, such as water, energy use, medical system, state of the army, etc. The well-known story of the Aral sea is discussed at length. What is striking is to what a degree the government abused the central asian countries, such as Kazakhstan (spelling?) obviously due to a racist bias. In every chapter there are shocking illustrations of ecocide.
I highly recommend it for anyone curious about environmental issues, since the experience they went through in the USSR is basically the result of a complete and total neglect of any kind of enviromental concerns, whether it's radioactive contamination of a lake (toxic waste was actually pumped into the bottom of a lake in one situation, by the army), waste of water resources, inefficient use of energy such as oil, no concern with pollution with mercury etc. into the air, etc.
It should also give pause to any that still believe that handing the ecology to government will fix anything. The Soviets had government like billy hell, and all they managed to do was make uninhabitable cities, turned farm land into salt marshes, and irradiated large portions of Europe. There are also intriguing and thoughtful passages that trace how a small thing creates a big problem, each of them fascinating.
If you are interested in ecology, the ex Soviet Union, or ecology by government fiat, this is the book for you. A better and easier read then the others on the subject I've had to wade through.