Trouble in Paradise Globalization and Environmental Crises in Latin America

ISBN-10: 0415929806

ISBN-13: 9780415929806

Edition: 2003

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Description: Environmental degradation in Latin America has become one of the most pressing issues on the international agenda. The volume began to crescendo when space shuttle astronauts photographed five thousand fires on a single night in the Brazilian Amazon state of Rondonia in 1985, and grew shrill when rubbertapper Chico Mendes was shot in 1988 trying to stop ranchers from clearing rainforests near his home in Acre. Since the early 80s, we've heard pleas from rock star, environmental groups, and scientists, asking us to focus our attention on environmental destruction in Latin America-oil spills, lax NAFTA driven ecological standards, endangered indigenous cultures, and the destruction of the rainforests. This volume presents an overview of the pressing nature of these issues and the scope of the problems and seeks to focus our attention on environmental destruction in Latin America by examining several types of environmental crises in Latin American countries. With discussions of the World Bank, urbanpollution, NAFTA, toxic pollution in maquiladoras, headline grabbing environmental disasters, drug trafficking, and the 1992 Rio Earth Conference, this book will be a must read for anyone interested in the future of Latin America or world ecology.

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Book details

List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

David Helvarg lives in Washington, D.C.

Foreword: When the People Lead
Preface
The Scene, Its Problems and Roots
Pollution Havens on the United States--Mexico Border? NAFTA, Free Trade, and the Environment
Green Revolutions, Deforestation, and New Ideas
Hazards of an Urban Continent
Bio-Splendor, Devastation, and Competing Visions in the Amazon
Indigenous Peoples, Development Megaprojects, and Internet Resistance
Building a Global Civil Society: Living What We Know
Notes
Bibliography
Online Resources
Index
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