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America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making The Grade?

2 Ratings: 3.0
2004 non-fiction book by Harvey Blatt

Americans today are increasingly concerned about the state of the environment. Polls show that a remarkable 63 percent would roll back recent tax cuts to finance environmental protection and that fully 95 percent want environmental education included … see full wiki

Author: Harvey Blatt
Genre: Environment
Publisher: The MIT Press
Date Published: December 1, 2004
1 review about America's Environmental Report Card: Are...

Fine overview of the major environmental issues we face

  • Dec 3, 2008
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Deep down you know we are in trouble.  But up until now you figured "what I don't know won't hurt me."  That is human nature I suppose but the fact of the matter is that there is an ever increasing body of evidence that the world in which we live is in peril.  Perhaps the bizarre weather events that have occured in the past few years have convinced you.  Or maybe global warming or a nearby toxic waste dump has gotten your attention.  "America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making The Grade?" is an excellent way to get up to speed on the major environmental issues of our day.  While this book should appeal to just about anyone concerned with these matters, author Harvey Blatt appears to have targeted those readers with no ax to grind who simply want to find out just what is going on.  "America's Environmental Report Card" is a straightforward, matter of fact book that resists the sensationalism that is found in most other books on this subject.  Author Harvey Blatt, a geologist by trade, discusses the topics that are important to all of us like clean water, clean air, climate, solid waste, fossil fuels, nuclear energy and more.  But beyond just enumerating the myriad problems we face, Blatt also suggests possible solutions.  And he goes one step further.  Blatt encourages each of us to hold up a mirror and ask ourselves what we can do to make our world a better and safer place to live.  To quote one Edward H. Hale from the beginning of Chapter 10: "I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  I will not refuse to do the something I can do".

"America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making The Grade?" is presented in clear and easy to understand language and is supplemented by a great number of excellent graphs and illustrations throughout the book.    Recommended.
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