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Earth odyssey : around the world in search of our environmental future

Author: Mark Hertsgaard
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Paying his own way, Mark Hertsgaard set out on a world tour in 1991 wondering what people thought of environmental problems. Earth Odyssey is his result, a sweeping and provocative work of travel and serious reporting that covers 19 countries and reveals, with often stark reality and vision, the legacy and prospects for our global environment. Hertsgaard focuses on and reveals much of his story through the people  Read more...
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Named Person: Mark Hertsgaard; Mark Hertsgaard
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Hertsgaard
ISBN: 0767900596 9780767900591 0767900588 9780767900584
OCLC Number: 43309890
Description: x, 372 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Playing the sorcerer's apprentice --
" ... We are still here." --
Bicycles, Churchill, and evolution --
The irresistible automobile --
To the nuclear lighthouse --
"Is your stomach too full?" --
How population matters --
The hurricane of hell --
Sustainable development and the triumph of capitalism --
Living in hope --
Ambassadors from another time.
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Paying his own way, Mark Hertsgaard set out on a world tour in 1991 wondering what people thought of environmental problems. Earth Odyssey is his result, a sweeping and provocative work of travel and serious reporting that covers 19 countries and reveals, with often stark reality and vision, the legacy and prospects for our global environment. Hertsgaard focuses on and reveals much of his story through the people who guide him and whom he meets along the way. After touring a state-owned paper factory in Chongqing, China, and seeing billowing clouds of chlorine and foaming rivers, Hertsgaard hears his guide and interpreter Zhenbing mourning for his country. In Sudan, Hertsgaard visits areas of extreme famine and poverty, where "the environment is no abstraction" to the people who live there. Through interviews with Vaclav Havel, Jacques Cousteau, and Al Gore, as well as research and philosophy about the roles of industry and technology, the global environmental picture is etched skillfully chapter by chapter. When at Africa's Lake Turkana, Hertsgaard delineates in clarity and detail the evolution of our species and the history of technology to build perspective on our current lifestyles, values, and environmental problems.

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