A crisis of pessimism -- A world apart -- Six billion and counting -- Can the earth feed everyone? -- Fish tales -- Is the earth warming? -- Water, water everywhere -- The air we breathe -- Fossil fuels -- culprit or genie? -- Solar power to the people -- Nukes to the rescue? -- Wheels -- Don't harm the patient -- Choices. "The Real Environmental Crisis takes a close look at the major environmental and resource issues - population growth; climate change; agriculture and food supply; our fisheries, forests, and fossil fuels; water and air quality; and solar and nuclear power. Hollander finds compelling evidence that economic development and technological advances can relieve such problems as food shortages, deforestation, air pollution, and land degradation, and can provide clean water, adequate energy supplies, and improved public health. The book also tackles issues such as global warming, genetically modified foods, automobile and transportation technologies, and the highly significant Endangered Species Act, which Hollander asserts never would have been passed in a poor country whose citizens struggle just to survive."--Jacket.