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Betrayal of Science and Reason : How Anti-Environment Rhetoric Threatens Our Future

Betrayal of Science and Reason : How Anti-Environment Rhetoric Threatens Our Future - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-1559634847

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Betrayal of Science and Reason : How Anti-Environment Rhetoric Threatens Our Future - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-1559634847

Paul R. Ehrlich

ISBN13: 978-1559634847
ISBN10: 1559634847
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Island Press

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

In Betrayal of Science and Reason, the Ehrlichs explain clearly and with scientific objectivity the empirical findings behind environmental issues including population growth, desertification, food production, global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, and biodiversity loss. They systematically debunk revisionist "truths" such as :

  • Population growth does not cause environmental damage, and may even be beneficial
  • Humanity is on the verge of abolishing hunger ; food scarcity is a local or regional problem and is not indicative of overpopulation
  • There is no extinction crisis
  • Natural resources are superabundant, if not infinite
  • Global warming and acid rain are not serious threats to humanity
  • Stratospheric ozone depletion is a hoax
  • Risks posed by toxic substances are vastly exaggerated

Author Bio

Ehrlich, Paul : Stanford University

Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biological sciences at Stanford University, and author of The Population Bomb. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Ehrlich, Anne H. : Stanford University

Anne H. Ehrlich is senior research associate in biological sciences at Stanford University, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


Chapter 1. A Personal Odyssey
Chapter 2. "Wise Use" and Environmental Anti-Science
Chapter 3.In Defense of Science
Chapter 4. The Good News.... in Perspective
Chapter 5. Fables about Population and Food
Chapter 6. Fables about Non-Living Resources
Chapter 7. Biological Diversity and the Endangered Species Act
Chapter 8. Fables about the Atmosphere and Climate
Chapter 9. Fables about Toxic Substances
Chapter 10. Fables about Economics and the Environment
Chapter 11. Faulty Transmissions
Chapter 12. How Can Good Science Become Good Policy?
Chapter 13. One Planet, One Experiment


Appendix A : Brownlash Literature
Appendix B : The Scientific Consensus
Notes
Index

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