The Middle Path: Avoiding Environmental Catastrophe

Front Cover
University of Chicago Press, 2007 - Science - 182 pages
2 Reviews
The debate about global warming is over. There is no longer any question that human activity is causing the Earth’s climate to heat up at an increasingly rapid rate, with consequences that we are now only beginning to understand. Meanwhile, human population growth is placing unsustainable demands on everything from animal habitats to water supplies. Faced with radically different assessments of the long-term effects of global warming—from oil companies, scientists, business lobbies, and environmental groups—concerned citizens find it difficult to tell how dire the prognosis really is. Is life on Earth doomed, or is there still time to mitigate—even to reverse—the damage that has already been done?

In The Middle Path, noted geographer Eric Lambin provides a concise, readable summary of the present state of the environment and considers what must be done if environmental catastrophe is to be avoided. Finding merit in the arguments of both optimists and pessimists, Lambin argues that it is not too late to exploit the inherent tendency toward equilibrium of large-scale systems such as the earth’s environment. By relying upon a combination of remedies as global as international cap-and-trade emission treaties and as local as municipal programs promoting the use of bicycles rather than cars, it may yet be possible to rescue humanity from a potentially fatal crisis of its own making.

Based on rigorous scientific analysis, and strikingly free of ideological prejudice, The Middle Path presents a fresh view of our troubled future, brilliantly balancing tough-minded realism with humanitarian ideals of cooperation and ingenuity.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: The Middle Path: Avoiding Environmental Catastrophe

User Review  - Will - Goodreads

Having laboured through this short but very long book, it was difficult to get through to say the least. Having read numerous books focusing on environmental issues, this particular book lacked reader ... Read full review

Contents

Mankind and Its Environment
29
The Mechanisms of Environmental Degradation
49
The Causes of Environmental Change
79
Copyright

3 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Eric Lambin is professor of geography at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and a recent fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California.

Bibliographic information