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This Borrowed Earth
Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World
 
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21 Jan 2010
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Humanity has the potential to preserve the earth for future generations or cause irreparable harm. For the first time here, environmental lawyer and activist Robert Emmet Hernan provides a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of what happened at fifteen environmental disasters in ten countries across the globe.


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Humanity has the potential to preserve the earth for future generations or cause irreparable harm. For the first time here, environmental lawyer and activist Robert Emmet Hernan provides a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of what happened at fifteen environmental disasters in ten countries across the globe.


Reviews


'...His style is readable and persuasive, his points not to be ignored.' - The Good Book Guide
 
'This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from Fifteen Environmental Disasters Around the World, powerfully depicts in simple, transparent prose, the lasting and wrenching impact of some of the major environmental disasters of the last century, which younger generations may only barely remember.  But Mr. Hernan's book does much more. It reveals a striking similarity in the genesis of these disasters that can shed light on ways to prevent them in the future – in particular, the profit-driven development of production technologies with no heed to their health and environmental effects or the environmental fate of their products.  One is convinced, after reading Mr. Hernan's book, that the only way to slow the rate of growth of devastating climate change is for governments around the world to assert control over our most basic technology – the production of energy in ways that can lift the world out of poverty without destroying it in the process.' - Barry Commoner, American biologist


Contents

Foreword by Bill McKibben
Introduction
Minamata, Japan, 1950s
London Fog, England, 1952
Windscale, England, 1957
Seveso, Italy, 1976
Love Canal, New York, 1978
Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, 1979
Times Beach, Missouri, 1982
Bhopal, India, 1984
Chernobyl, Ukraine, 1986
Rhine River, Switzerland, 1986
Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1989
Oil Spills and Fires, Kuwait, 1991
Dassen and Robben Islands, South Africa, 2000
Brazilian Rainforest, 20th Century
Global Climate Change, 20th Century
Environmental Organizations
Sources
Photo Credits
Acknowledgments


Authors


ROBERT EMMET HERNAN is senior counsel at the New York State Deptartment of Environmental Conservation, USA. He was the trial counsel for New York State in the infamous Love Canal Case. He lives in New York City.
 
 
BILL MCKIBBEN is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, and Deep Economy. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

GRAHAM NASH is the founding member of Crosby, Stills, Nash& Young, a published photographer, and an environmental activist.