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Defending Illusions (Political Economy Forum)by Allan K. Fitzsimmons
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An examination of the science, philosophy and law of ecosystems management. It shows how efforts to make federal protection of ecosystems the centrepiece of national environmental policy are driven by religious veneration of Mother Earth wrapped in a veil of weak science. It reveals that placing the well-being of nature ahead of the well-being of people erodes the American dream and goes on to suggest how we can improve our stewardship of the land.
Defending Illusions examines the science, philosophy, and law of ecosystem management. Allan Fitzsimmons clearly illustrates how efforts to make federal protection of ecosystems the centerpiece of national environmental policy rest on weak science and a worldview that places concern for the well-being of nature ahead of the well-being of people.
Table of Contents
Everyone knows what an ecosystem is, or do they? — Mapping ecosystems — Visions of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem — Claims of environmental calamity — Nature worship and the new paradigm — Science, ecosystems, and the emperor's new clothes — The laws and ecosystem protection — Ecosystem protection proposals — Human consequences of the new paradigm --Improving environmental stewardship.
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