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Challenges the belief that economic development and affluence pose a major threat to the world's environment and resources. Pointing to the great strides that have been made toward improving and protecting the environment in the affluent democracies, Hollander argues that the essential prerequisite for sustainability is a global transition from poverty to affluence, coupled with a transition to freedom and democracy.
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"This book is a much-needed reminder that declining environmental integrity is not--and certainly need not be--an inexorable attribute of economic progress. Throughout the book the author dispels a number of closely related myths, such as that of steadily increasing scarcity of energy resources. Hollander provides a corrective to the simplistic and unbalanced treatment of environmental and natural resource topics one encounters all too often in the media and in public debate."--Joel Darmstadter, Resources for the Future; editor, Global Development and the Environment: Perspectives on Sustainability
"This work is extremely important and makes a major contribution to the debate and decision-making surrounding efforts to eradicate poverty and protect the environment. In a uniquely balanced manner, Hollander adds to the general understanding of how poverty and wealth contribute to sustainable management of natural resources."--Per Pinstrup-Andersen, author of Seeds of Contention: World Hunger and the Global Controversy over GM Crops
List of Illustrations Preface Introduction: A Crisis of Pessimism 1.A World Apart 2. Six Billion and Counting 3. Can the Earth Feed Everyone? 4. Fish Tales 5. Is the Earth Warming? 6. Water, Water Everywhere 7. The Air We Breathe 8. Fossil Fuels-Culprit or Genie? 9. Solar Power to the People 10. Nukes to the Rescue? 11. Wheels 12. Don't Harm the Patient 13. Choices Notes Index About the Author
Jack M. Hollander is Professor Emeritus of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author and editor of more than one hundred research publications and twenty books, including The Energy-Environment Connection (1992).
Jack Hollander has written a lucid and path-breaking book. He is completely convincing in his thesis that it is poverty we should be addressing, both for the environment and for moral reasons, and that science, technology, markets, and affluence are the friends of the environment and poverty is the enemy. The book is of the highest scholarship and gets the big picture right; the arguments on both sides are addressed with clear thinking and clear prose. - Bruce Ames, Former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of California, Berkeley"