One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future

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Island Press, 2004 - 447 sider
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"One with Nineveh takes it title from Rudyard Kipling's "Recessional" ("Lo, all our pomp of yesterday / Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!"), his famous 1897 poem alluding to the pride and arrogance that went before the fall of ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. Their undoing, in addition to warfare, was deforestation and unsustainable irrigation, practices whose destructive effects were ignored by the elites at the time. In One with Nineveh, the Ehrlichs suggest that the hubris of our own civilization could be leading us to an end similar to Nineveh's - whose ruins lie near the Iraqi city of Mosul - if environmental trends such as loss of biodiversity and acceleration of climate change are not halted. Unlike the regional ecological collapse of Mesopotamia, this time the collapse could be global." "Both a cautionary tale and a call to action, One with Nineveh is remarkable in its sweep and in the range of solutions it proposes, from local actions to reform of national government to international initiatives. Grounded in science, economics, and history, the Ehrlichs' forthright discussion of the underlying issues of our time gives cause for considerable concern yet reason to hope."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Paul Ehrlich is a riveting speaker. After listening to a number of his talks in which he mentioned as an aside that his current focus is no longer the science of overpopulation (which is in many ... Les hele vurderingen

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Hostages to Hubris
3
Chapter i The Human Predicament
17
Chapter 2 The Costs of Success
45
Chapters The Tide of Population
76
Chapter4 The Consumption Factor
112
Chapters Technology Matters
138
Chapter 6 Billions Birthrates and Policies
181
Chapter? Consuming Less
206
Chapter p Human Behavior at the Millennium
264
Chapter 10 Sustainable Governance in America
288
Chapter n Healing a World of Wounds
318
Notes
335
jp1 References
391
Acknowledgments
429
Index
433
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Chapter 8 A Culture Out of Step
237

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Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. The author of The Population Bomb, Human Natures, and many other books, Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize (an explicit substitute for the Nobel Prize in fields of science in which the latter is not given).

Anne E. Ehrlich is affiliated with Stanford's Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Conservation Biology. She has served on the board of the Sierra Club and other conservation organizations, has coauthored ten books with her husband, and is a recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

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