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Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future

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Like many of us, Mark Hertsgaard has long worried about the declining health of our environment. But in 1991, he decided to act on his concern and investigate the escalating crisis for himself. Traveling on hisown dime, he embarked on an odyssey lasting most of the decade and spanning nineteen countries. Now, in Earth Odyssey, he reports on our environmental predicament through the eyes of the people who liveit.

From the gilded boardrooms of Paris to the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok, we travel from the deep human past to our still unfolding future. Much of the story revolves around people likeZhenbing, Hertsgaard's charismatic interpreter in China, whose desire to escape poverty leaves him indifferent to his country's horrific air and water pollution. We also meet Garang, a proud Dinka tribesman whose responseto Sudan's famine shows the difficulty of building an environmentally sustainable future without bridging the gap between rich and poor. Drawing on interviews with Vaaacute;clav Havel, Al Gore, Jacques Cousteau, andnumerous other prominent figures, Hertsgaard offers fresh insight into such complex issues as humanity's growing addiction to the automobile, the insidious spread of nuclear technology, and the inevitable tension betweenunfettered capitalism and the health of the biosphere.

Earth Odyssey is a vivid, passionate narrative about one man's journey around the world in search of the answer to the mostimportant question of our time: Is the future of the human species at risk? Combining first-rate reportage with irresistible storytelling, Mark Hertsgaard has written an essential--and ultimately hopeful--book about theuncertain fate of humankind.

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Like many of us, Mark Hertsgaard has long worried about the declining health of our environment. But in 1991, he decided to act on his own concern and investigate the escalating crisis for himself. Traveling on his own dime, he embarked on an odyssey lasting most of the decade and spanning nineteen countries. Now, in Earth Odyssey he reports on our environmental predicament through the eyes of the people who live it.

Earth Odyssey is a vivid, passionate narrative about one man's journey around the world in search of the answer to the essential question of our time: Is the future of the human species at risk? Combining first-rate reportage with irresistible storytelling, Mark Hertsgaard has written an essential--and ultimately hopeful--book about the uncertain fate of humankind.

About the Author

Mark Hertsgaard is the author of three previous books, in-cluding On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has contributed to the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Outside, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and numerous other publications at home and abroad. He teaches nonfiction writing at Johns Hopkins University and lives near Washington, D. C.

Table of Contents

Playing the sorcerer's apprentice — " ... We are still here." — Bicycles, Churchill, and evolution — The irresistible automobile — To the nuclear lighthouse — "Is your stomach too full?" — How population matters — The hurricane of hell — Sustainable development and the triumph of capitalism — Living in hope — Ambassadors from another time.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307484086
Subtitle:
Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Hertsgaard, Mark
Author:
Mark Hertsgaard
Subject:
Nature : Natural Resources
Subject:
Environmental engineering
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Global environmental change
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19991228
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Future Studies
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , Like many of us, Mark Hertsgaard has long worried about the declining health of our environment. But in 1991, he decided to act on his own concern and investigate the escalating crisis for himself. Traveling on his own dime, he embarked on an odyssey lasting most of the decade and spanning nineteen countries. Now, in Earth Odyssey he reports on our environmental predicament through the eyes of the people who live it.

Earth Odyssey is a vivid, passionate narrative about one man's journey around the world in search of the answer to the essential question of our time: Is the future of the human species at risk? Combining first-rate reportage with irresistible storytelling, Mark Hertsgaard has written an essential--and ultimately hopeful--book about the uncertain fate of humankind.

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