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TRASHING THE PLANET. How science can help us deal with acid rain, depletion of the ozone and nuclear waste (among other things)
Autor: Dixy Lee Ray with Lou Guzzo
“Trashing the Planet is the one book you need to get a sure, common-sense grasp on the contentious issues where science and politics overlap, and where environmental-ism moves from well-meaning idealism to counterproductive eco-terrorism.
Dixy Lee Ray—former governor of Washington, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, assistant secretary of state in the US. Bureau of Oceans, and long-time member of the Zoology faculty of the University of Washington—writes with the simplicity of a journalist and the intellectual power of a professional scientist.
Dr. Ray exposes how little the public knows about the environment and how piddling are man's influences upon it— volcanoes shoot far more pollutants into the atmosphere than do all of man's industrial activities—and how complex are the interactions of natural phenomena.
Rushing to solve "problems" without adequate information, she points out, is frequently counterproductive—as with the radon scare, for example. Radon has become a problem only since the desire to conserve energy resulted in the use of insulation that does not allow radon to escape naturally, and harmlessly, into the atmosphere.
Dr. Ray refutes the contention that wind power and solar power are legitimate alternative energy resources; they are in fact more expensive and more dangerous than nuclear power. She calls for environmentalists to regain a sense of perspective, stop hating humanity, and deal with facts instead of letting their ardor carry them into the realm of "noble lies." As Dr. Ray notes, "This old earth has been through a lot, including drastic climate changes, without any help from humans....Our responsibility is to be good stewards of the environment and to remember that a well-tended garden is better than a neglected woodlot."
Trashing the Planet is a breath of fresh air in the current debate dominated by rhetorical extremism (de las solapas del libro).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
MAN, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
1. Who Speaks for Science?
2. The Good Old Days?
3. It Works Better If You Plug It In
Part Two SAVING THE PLANET
4. Greenhouse Earth
5. Acid Rain
6. "Acid Rain" for Insects: Pesticides
7. The Alar, Asbestos, PCB, and Dioxin Scares
Part Three ISSUES NUCLEAR
Radiaton Aroun Us
Power from the Atom, the Sun, and the wind Nuclear Waste
Environmentalism and the future
Cantidad de páginas numeradas : 206
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