- Series: MacSci
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230619835
- ISBN-13: 978-0230619838
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World (MacSci) 1st Edition
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“Robert Hernan provides a deep service … May this book give heart and courage to many more such great souls, for there are assuredly many more such fights to come.” ―from the foreword by Bill McKibben
“A wake-up call to all concerned citizens of this earth.” ―from the preface by Graham Nash
“This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from Fifteen Environmental Disasters Around the World, powerfully depicts in simple, transparent prose, the lasting and wrenching impact of some of the major environmental disasters of the last century, which younger generations may only barely remember. But Mr. Hernan's book does much more. It reveals a striking similarity in the genesis of these disasters that can shed light on ways to prevent them in the future – in particular, the profit-driven development of production technologies with no heed to their health and environmental effects or the environmental fate of their products. One is convinced, after reading Mr. Hernan's book, that the only way to slow the rate of growth of devastating climate change is for governments around the world to assert control over our most basic technology – the production of energy in ways that can lift the world out of poverty without destroying it in the process.” ―Barry Commoner
“Lets the facts and the victims speak for themselves. Again and again, we see polluters hiding or denying information, threatening those impacted by pollution, and putting profits before people. Hernan's stories show that each of these disasters were avoidable; we can only hope that by reading of them we all learn and avoid future ones.” ―Peter Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
About the Author
Robert Emmet Hernan is a former senior counsel for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Assistant Attorney General for New York State. He was a trial lawyer for New York State in the infamous Love Canal Case. He lives in New York City.
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Hernan's stories are stark reminders of the environmental havoc that can be wrought all too easily in our highly-industrialized, ever-burgeoning world. Many of the disasters he recounts are in danger of being forgotten -- or worse, never known -- by newer generations. Kudos to the author for focusing the light of the current day on these critically-important events of the recent past -- lest we forget and such disasters begin to repeat themselves.