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Main Title America's environmental report card : are we making the grade? /
Author Blatt, Harvey,
Publisher MIT Press,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 643082485
ISBN 9780262515917; 0262515911; 9780262015110; 0262015110
Subjects United States--Environmental conditions. ; Pollution--United States. ; Ecology.
Internet Access
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http://mitpress-ebooks.mit.edu/product/americas-environmental-report-card21653
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EIAM  GE150.B58 2011 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 08/01/2011
EJAM  GE150.B58 2011 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 10/31/2011 DISPERSAL
ELBM  GE150.B58 2011 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 12/08/2020
Edition 2nd ed.
Collation xiv, 367 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes Water: no cholesterol, fat free, zero sugar -- Infrastructure: pipes, wires, roads, bridges, railroads, dams, airports, and levees -- Floods: when the levees break -- Garbage: trash talk -- Soil, crops, and food: dirt and nutrition -- Fossil fuels: energy from the past -- Alternative energy sources: energy for the future -- The nuclear energy controversy: radiation for everyone -- Climate change: what have we done? -- Air pollution: lung disease -- Conclusion: is there hope? Americans are concerned about the state of the environment, and yet polls show that many have lost faith in the ability of both scientists and politicians to solve environmental problems. In this book the author sorts through the deluge of conflicting information about the environment and offers an accessible overview of the environmental issues that are most important to Americans today. He has updated this second edition, revising and adding new material. He looks at water supplies and new concerns about water purity ; the dangers of floods (increased by widespread logging and abetted by glacial melting) ; infrastructure problems (in a new chapter devoted entirely to this subject) ; the leaching of garbage buried in landfills ; soil, contaminated crops, and organic food; fossil fuels ; alternative energy sources (in another new chapter) ; controversies over nuclear energy ; the increasing pace of climate change ; and air pollution. Along the way, he outlines ways to deal with these problems through workable and reasonable solutions that map the course to a sustainable future. America can lead the way to a better environment, he argues. We are the richest nation in the world, and we can afford it, in fact, we cannot afford not to.
Place Published Cambridge, Mass.
PUB Date Free Form ©2011
BIB Level m
Medium unmediated
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Carrier volume
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
LCCN 2010026307
OCLC Time Stamp 20201204044033
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 03441cam 2200493 a 45010