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Vanishing Borders: Protecting the planet in the age of globalization (The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1848190696 ISBN-10: 1848190697 Edition: 0th

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  • Series: The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series
  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Earthscan (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190696
  • ASIN: 1853836931
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,715,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilary F. French is vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you have ever wondered what all the fuss surrounding the WTO meetings in Seattle was about, or who the World Bank and IMF are and their impacts on the environment, this is the book for you! Clearly written and meticulously researched, Vanishing Borders makes many of the complex issues of globalization and the environment accessible to a general audience. This book goes out of its way to tell all sides of an issue and to look toward what can be done to improve the world in the future. I highy recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Honl on April 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
In the book Vanishing Borders, by Hilary French, she brings to our attention how rapid people, resources, money, disease and pollution are integrating themselves with the entire world. Borders of nations and physical barriers are no longer containing things like they used to. The book is divided into two parts; the current situation the world is facing and what it�s going to take to solve the issues.
In the first section of the book French states the status quo of the world. We are burning too many fossil fuels leading to ozone depletion. She discusses the devastations as a result of the elevated timber market. We can no longer count on our natural environmental borders to keep out diseases or invasive species. As a result of our wildly intensifying populations, we are finding ways to get beyond our borders and transmit all sorts of hazards throughout the continents causing immense wreckage to our ecosystems. The more our populations grow the more waste we have. French gives insight to how developed countries are trading their toxic waste and hazardous chemicals to lesser-developed countries, causing mass death and injury. Although we have environmental organizations and treaties in favor of promoting a healthy world, there are just too many countries and environmental issues that are out of control and treaties not getting enforced.
In the second part of her book, French discusses the tactic that she feels will best bring control to our uninhibited world mixing and relief to our environmental strains. There are lots of world treaties out there that are not getting enforced and still other issues that are not even getting considered.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2003
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Vanishing Borders Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization is written by Hilary French. French works for the World Watch Institute, where she is the Vice President for Research. World Watch is a nonprofit organization that analyzes global environmental and development issues.
Vanishing Borders is about the problems that the World is facing due to increasing globalization. French goes on to explain that globalization means different things to different people. For some people it means that companies are setting up offices overseas with very little restrictions, for others it means increasing diversity among people and cultures, and yet for others it means communicating easier with others far away through the Internet. In French's book she argues that the globalization that is of most concern to the environment is how companies are able to trade and operate all over the World with very few rules to regulate them. The book goes on too explain that major problems that are effecting natural areas such as, deforestation, mining, and ecotourism. French also talks about how agriculture practices are changing our environment and creating problems such as species reductions. French links these problems together and discusses how they are affecting the biota of the world. She argues that economists have to place a value on the conditions of the planet as well as on consumer goods in the long run they will affect each other. French argues that the World needs more environmental regulations to regulate globalization and its effects in order to maintain our environment and even make it better.
I thought that this book was interesting.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Student on September 26, 2009
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