Healing the Planet: Strategies for Resolving the Environmental Crisis

Paul R. Ehrlich, Author, Anne H. Ehrlich, Author Addison Wesley Publishing Company $22.9 (366p) ISBN 978-0-201-55046-7
This catalogue of global gloom is pierced by few solutions worthy of the authors' stature as leading environmentalists. Healing on a planetary scale, the Erlichs ( The Population Explosion ) demonstrate, will require worldwide management of population, energy consumption and technology by scientists and political economists. The thesis is well argued, with 65 pages of references and notes--but the reader is left grasping for places to begin the treatment. The Erlichs, however, are more concerned with rigorous, almost academic analysis of ``the more general problem of assuring the continuance of ecosystem services'' and its counterpart, ``the human predicament.'' Readers are given a course on the biological crisis zones, including summaries of global warming, ``unsustainable'' agriculture and a compact chapter on energy and the environment. For most readers, these alarms will seem like an echo of many other recent books. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Paperback - 366 pages - 978-0-949324-46-7
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