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The Middle Path:
Avoiding Environmental Catastrophe

by Eric Lambin

ISBN 0226468534 / 9780226468532 / 0-226-46853-4
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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The debate about global warming is over. There is no longer any question that human activity is causing the Earths climate to heat up at an increasingly rapid rate, with consequences that we are now only beginning to understand. Meanwhile, human population growth is placing unsustainable demands on everything from animal habitats to water supplies. Faced with radically different assessments of the long-term effects of global warmingfrom oil companies, scientists, business lobbies, and environmental groupsconcerned citizens find it difficult to tell how dire the prognosis really is. Is life on Earth doomed, or is there still time to mitigateeven to reversethe damage that has already been done?

In The Middle Path, noted geographer Eric Lambin provides a concise, readable summary of the present state of the environment and considers what must be done if environmental catastrophe is to be avoided. Finding merit in the arguments of both optimists and pessimists, Lambin argues that it is not too late to exploit the inherent tendency toward equilibrium of large-scale systems such as the earths environment. By relying upon a combination of remedies as global as international cap-and-trade emission treaties and as local as municipal programs promoting the use of bicycles rather than cars, it may yet be possible to rescue humanity from a potentially fatal crisis of its own making.

Based on rigorous scientific analysis, and strikingly free of ideological prejudice, The Middle Path presents a fresh view of our troubled future, brilliantly balancing tough-minded realism with humanitarian ideals of cooperation and ingenuity.
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