This Borrowed Earth Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters Around the World

ISBN-10: 0230619835
ISBN-13: 9780230619838
Edition: 2009
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Description: 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. This Borrowed Earthcovers nuclear explosions, oil spills and  More...

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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 2/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

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. This Borrowed Earthcovers nuclear explosions, oil spills and fires, chemical spills, polluted air, toxic substances causing awful injuries to children, destruction of rainforest and entire ecosytems. The names associated with these disasters -- such as Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez, Minamata, Love Canal, Seveso, Bhopal and others -- will haunt future generations.These poignant and inspirational stories provide a moving tribute to the courage and persistence of ordinary people who struggled to understand what was happening to them. The events narrated here show how individuals can counterbalance the negligence and criminality of narrow economic interests that threaten our planet.

<b>Robert Emmet Hernan</b>, author of <i>This Borrowed Earth, </i>is a former senior counsel for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Assistant Attorney General for New York State. He was a trial lawyer for New York State in the infamous Love Canal Case. He lives in New York City.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

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