Synopses & Reviews
"Jack Hollander has written a lucid and path-breaking book. He is completely convincing in his thesis that it is poverty we should be addressing, both for the environment and for moral reasons, and that science, technology, markets, and affluence are the friends of the environment and poverty is the enemy. The book is of the highest scholarship and gets the big picture right; the arguments on both sides are addressed with clear thinking and clear prose. Though he is an eminent scientist, Hollander has a wonderful talent for keeping technical jargon to a minimum yet making the essence of technical arguments clear. Both the intelligent layman and the environmental scientist will learn much from this book. I did, and enjoyed the book immensely."and#151;Bruce Ames, Former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of California, Berkeley
"This book is a much-needed reminder that declining environmental integrity is notand#151;and certainly need not beand#151;an inexorable attribute of economic progress. Throughout the book the author dispels a number of closely related myths, such as that of steadily increasing scarcity of energy resources. Hollander provides a corrective to the simplistic and unbalanced treatment of environmental and natural resource topics one encounters all too often in the media and in public debate."and#151;Joel Darmstadter, Resources for the Future; editor, Global Development and the Environment: Perspectives on Sustainability
"This work is extremely important and makes a major contribution to the debate and decision-making surrounding efforts to eradicate poverty and protect the environment. In a uniquely balanced manner, Hollander adds to the general understanding of how poverty and wealth contribute to sustainable management of natural resources."and#151;Per Pinstrup-Andersen, author of Seeds of Contention: World Hunger and the Global Controversy over GM Crops
"Jack Hollander puts forth two simple hypotheses. The first, explicit, is that environmental sustainability depends on extending prosperity to the developing world. The second, implicit, is that the sustainability of environmentalism depends on transparent and objective science. Both are well defended in Hollander's clear, well researched and timely book."and#151;Richard S. Lindzen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Drawing a completely new road map toward a sustainable future, Jack M. Hollander contends that our most critical environmental problem is global poverty. His balanced, authoritative, and lucid book challenges widely held beliefs that economic development and affluence pose a major threat to the world's environment and resources. Pointing to the great strides that have been made toward improving and protecting the environment in the affluent democracies, Hollander makes the case that the essential prerequisite for sustainability is a global transition from poverty to affluence, coupled with a transition to freedom and democracy.
The Real Environmental Crisis takes a close look at the major environment and resource issuesand#151;population growth; climate change; agriculture and food supply; our fisheries, forests, and fossil fuels; water and air quality; and solar and nuclear power. In each case, Hollander finds compelling evidence that economic development and technological advances can relieve such problems as food shortages, deforestation, air pollution, and land degradation, and provide clean water, adequate energy supplies, and improved public health. The book also tackles issues such as global warming, genetically modified foods, automobile and transportation technologies, and the highly significant Endangered Species Act, which Hollander asserts never would have been legislated in a poor country whose citizens struggle just to survive.
Hollander asks us to look beyond the media's doomsday rhetoric about the state of the environment, for much of it is simply not true, and to commit much more of our resources where they will do the most goodand#151;to lifting the world's population out of poverty.
About the Author
Jack M. Hollander is Professor Emeritus of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author and editor of more than one hundred research publications and twenty books, including The Energy-Environment Connection (1992).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: A Crisis of Pessimism
1. A World Apart
2. Six Billion and Counting
3. Can the Earth Feed Everyone?
4. Fish Tales
5. Is the Earth Warming?
6. Water, Water Everywhere
7. The Air We Breathe
8. Fossil Fuelsand#150;Culprit or Genie?
9. Solar Power to the People
10. Nukes to the Rescue?
12. Donand#8217;t Harm the Patient
About the Author