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Nearly 50 of today's best known scientific, medical, and political minds discuss the full gamut of environmental issues in this provocative volume. They offer a wide range of insights on the state of environmental science today, including many alternative interpretations you won't find in any other media. Leading authorities such as Bruce Ames on carcinogenicity, Bernard Cohen on radioactivity, Fred Singer on global warming, Dixie Lee Ray on nuclear energy, and more than 40 other frequently quoted voices on the environment offer critical thinking about concerns related to wetlands, ozone reduction, radon, forest reduction, acid rain, asbestos, the greenhouse effect and every other popular environmental issue. These contributions emphasize that environmental policies must be based on careful inquiry that is free of passion, and fully reliant on peer reviewed scientific investigation. Throughout they separate facts from fallacies and offer cool-headed scientific approaches, rather than emotional outrage, for dealing with real problems. You'll find out what biotechnology, environmental economics, medicine, nutrition, recycling, and other strategies can really do to correct serious worldwide problems. Plus, here's the real story on the environmental impacts of:
Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns
- Agricultural chemicals
- Electromagnetic fields
- Groundwater contamination
- Nuclear energy
serves as a vital aid to decision making in the environmental arena. It is essential reading for environmental engineers, toxicologists, pathologists, cancer researchers, lawyers, legislators, regulators, and other professionals involved in environmental protection and assessment. It is also the best source of accurate and comprehensive data on environmental science for the media and publicly active citizens promoting environmental protection.
From the Back Cover
"...the 'proof' of man's destruction of the environment is consistently flawed.... the scientific method is being abused and ignored. The errors are not random, however, but are systematically biased toward attempting to prove the guilt of man in the alleged destruction of the planet. Objective science is disappearing and is being replaced by the pursuit of a philosophical agenda."
—Richard F. Sanford
in Environmentalism and the Assault on Reason Chapter 1
"The public has numerous misconceptions about the relationship between environmental pollution and human cancer. Underlying these misconceptions is an erroneous belief that nature is benign."
—Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D. and Lois Swirsky Gold, Ph.D in Environmental Pollution and Cancer: Some Misconceptions Chapter 7
"Greenhouse gases have been increasing in the atmosphere, largely as a result of human activities. However, the climate record does not show the temperature increase and other telltale signs of the expected greenhouse effect. The mathematical models used for predicting such effects are evidently not complete enough to encompass all of the relevant physical processes in the atmosphere, thus throwing grave doubt on the drastic warming hypothesized for the next century."
—S. Fred Singer in Global Climate Change: Facts and Fiction Chapter 13
"...There is now no prima-facie case for any expensive policy of safeguarding species without more extensive analysis than has so far been done."
—Julian L. Simon in Disappearing Species, Deforestation and Data Chapter 26