True State of the Planet

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In the 25 years since the first Earth Day in 1970, the environmental movement has spawned a new generation of scientists asking vital questions about the true state and fate of the planet. But, surprisingly, some of their answers -- and even the questions themselves -- contradict the movement's deepest beliefs. Why are reserves of oil, precious metals, and other natural resources more plentiful than ever before? Why has the population growth of the twentieth century brought rising standards of living for nearly all? In The True State of the Planet ten premier scholars shatter the myths of overpopulation, food, global warming, and pesticides, while redirecting environmentalists' concerns to the far more urgent problems of fisheries, fresh water, and third-world pollution -- and the political causes behind them.
 

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Contents

Increasing Food Supplies
49
Messy Models Decent Data and Pointless Policy
83
The Coming Age of Abundance
109
The Role of Environment
141
Conflicting Signals
177
Resources for Our Future
211
Water Options for the Blue Planet
267
LongTerm Trends in Global Air Quality
339
Reappraising Humanitys Challenges Humanitys Opportunities
379
Limits of Statistical CertaintyThe Case of Population
455
Acknowledgments
472
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About the author (1995)

Ronald Bailey is producer of the national weekly public television series Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg and author of Eco-Scam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse.

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