What Many Environmentalists Believe And Why They Are Wrong
By Daniel B. Botkin
For decades, environmental scientist and conservationist Daniel Botkin has studied the world around us. He has traveled the globe observing nature and the human impact on the environment, and now he has collected his keen observations in this accessible and informative book.
25 Myths That Are Destroying the Environment explores the many myths circulating in both ecological and political discussions. These myths often drive policy and opinion, and Botkin is here to set the record straight. What may seem like environmentally conscious action on one hand may very well be bringing about the unnatural destruction of habitats and ecosystems.
Some of the topics:
Myth 1 We Are the Only Species That Has Had Global Effects on Environment
Myth 2 Life Is Fragile and Can’t Adjust Easily to Change
Myth 3 Extinction Is Unnatural and Bad, but Easy to Accomplish
Myth 6 Beauty in Nature Happens Only in Areas Completely Undisturbed by Us
Myth 10 People Have Changed Environment Only Since the Industrial Age
Myth 11 Without Human Interference, Earth’s Climate Is Stable
Myth 13 Climate Change Will Lead to Huge Numbers of Extinctions
Myth 20 We Can’t Do Much about Environmental Risks
Myth 21 Smokey Bear Is Right: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
Myth 23 Solar and Wind Energy Require Huge Areas
Myth 24 Large-Scale Solar Energy Projects RequireVery Hot Climates
Myth 25 Compared to Climate Change, All Other Environmental Issues Are Minor
Written in a clear manner that dissects each myth, this book offers readers an informative guide to discussing environmental issues. If our society is to sustain the environment around us for future generations, solving environmental problems by understanding how nature works is not just helpful, it’s necessary.
DANIEL B. BOTKIN is an ecologist who has been conducting and writing about ecological research for forty-five years. After hearing so many false or flawed statements passed off as fact, he decided to write this book to help his readers achieve a more complete understanding of their environment.
320 pages • ISBN 978-1-4422-4492-4 • Paperback • October 2016 • $19.95 • Taylor Trade
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