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Bailey, the noted (or notorious, to some ecologists) author of Eco-Scam! (1993), here enlists a dozen scientists to explain what is and isn't known about the changing environment. Contrary to this year's silver jubilee of Earth Day sloganeering, the atmosphere is cooling, not warming; world population is not outstripping food production or most material resources; however, the activists are correct about tropical deforestation and overfished oceans. The question is how to ameliorate problems. The prominent green organizations adhere to regulatory and prohibitionist principles; whereas this set of writers favor the private management of resources, believing that to be the path to green benefits and material wealth. Prescriptions aside, this info-rich work is crammed with tabular data about biodiversity, pesticides, and air quality and is supported by a guarded, footnoted text. As its views compete with those published by the Sierra Club and Worldwatch Institute, among others, libraries may want to include this book in their acquisition plans, which BKL's Earth Day feature [Ap 1 95] might guide. Gilbert Taylor

About the Author

Ronald Bailey is producer of the national weekly public television series Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg and author of Eco-Scam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028740106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028740102
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,970,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent book that addresses common sense solutions for food production, rescuing the oceans, conserving biodiversity, water options, the economy and the environment, population trends, pesticides, forests, cancer, among others. Lots of useful, well documented information for speeches, letters, etc...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This 1995 book contains a number of essays on topics including Population; Global Warming; Biodiversity, etc. Editor Ronald Bailey wrote in the Prologue, "(this book) seeks to close the widening gap between environmental activists and environmental science. In these pages, eleven leading researchers present the latest facts ... and other trends. They will puncture several first-wave illusions, but they will also refocus our priorities on the very real problems still to be faced." (Pg. 6)

One essayist notes, "(chloroflurocarbons) are very powerful greenhouse gases, and... they add significantly to the overall greenhouse effect. They destroy some ozone in the stratosphere, and because ozone also operates as a greenhouse gas, the destruction of ozone by the CFCs may ultimately minimize the total greenhouse contribution of the CFC molecules." (Pg. 87)

Another states, "Commercial logging is not a major cause of deforestation; expanding agriculture is... The developed countries ... appear to have largely completed forestland conversion to agriculture and have achieved relative land use stability. By contrast, the developing countries in the tropics are still in a land conversion mode." (Pg. 204)

Another essayist says, "Although the Clean Water Act and other legislation has greatly reduced the pollution of U.S. waters, significant amounts continue to be generated annually. A particlarly difficult question has been the huge number of extremely small pollution sources, from backyards to barnyards, that cumulatively contribute perhaps 50 percent of the total pollution in some areas." (Pg. 302)

An essayist admits, "There is no longer any real dispute over the fact that the major fishing fleets are simply too effective and too numerous." (Pg.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
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This volume presents a well reasoned and heavily documented balance to Malthusian and neo-Malthusian authors. Chocked full of statistical data, it is quite at odds with what many of the hyper environmentalists are saying. The author of the epilogue creatively divides the two camps into the doomsayers and the cornucopians, as he seeks for a balance between the two. This is an excellent choice for readers who are concerned about the environment!
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