Book Reviews of A Moment on the Earth : The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism

A Moment on the Earth : The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism
A Moment on the Earth The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism
Author: Gregg Easterbrook
ISBN-13: 9780140154511
ISBN-10: 0140154515
Publication Date: 4/1/1996
Pages: 768
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a well-documented examination of the effects of human society on the global environment. Easterbrook's conclusion: Things are getting better, not worse. Not surprisingly, this book has generated considerable controversy in many circles of environmentalists and ecologists, and many of his arguments only apply to overly-developed nations. For example, he stumbles badly when dealing with tropical rainforests, completely ignoring the fact that clearcutting in tropical environments leads to essentially irreversible loss of soils and a sterile clay pan. But all in all, I recommend this book highly to everyone interested in the proper interpretation of long-term ecological trends. In my opinion, he is as often right as wrong, and habitual doomsday-sayers would do well to seriously consider and possibly adopt some of his positions on ecorealism.
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Vintage Easterbrook, a "Freakonomics" of environmentalism.