EARTH ODYSSEY MARK HERTSGAARD PDF

The air and water are terribly polluted, and people are sick. For several years, not a single boy from several villages around a heavily poluted river in North China has been able to pass the army physical examination; in a village in Amazonia, children routinely die of In the s, an American journalist visited many environmentally blighted places: a refugee camp in South Sudan, Russian villages downstream of Kombinat Mayak, Bangkok, Chinese and Brazilian countryside, and many more. For several years, not a single boy from several villages around a heavily poluted river in North China has been able to pass the army physical examination; in a village in Amazonia, children routinely die of dehydration and dysentery, especially children from very large families and children of unwed mothers; Soviet doctors routinely lied to the residents of villages around Kombinat Mayak about the cause of their various radiation-related illnesses. Hertsgaard implies that if radical measures are not taken, the entire world will live like this. Among environment-disrupting technologies, he is particularly fond of automobiles and nuclear energy.

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The air and water are terribly polluted, and people are sick. For several years, not a single boy from several villages around a heavily poluted river in North China has been able to pass the army physical examination; in a village in Amazonia, children routinely die of In the s, an American journalist visited many environmentally blighted places: a refugee camp in South Sudan, Russian villages downstream of Kombinat Mayak, Bangkok, Chinese and Brazilian countryside, and many more.

For several years, not a single boy from several villages around a heavily poluted river in North China has been able to pass the army physical examination; in a village in Amazonia, children routinely die of dehydration and dysentery, especially children from very large families and children of unwed mothers; Soviet doctors routinely lied to the residents of villages around Kombinat Mayak about the cause of their various radiation-related illnesses. Hertsgaard implies that if radical measures are not taken, the entire world will live like this.

Among environment-disrupting technologies, he is particularly fond of automobiles and nuclear energy. Hertsgaard calls for a "Global Green Deal" that would "renovate human civilization from top to bottom in environmentally sustainable ways".

If many environmental problems of the Third World have political causes, then how can we blame the UN and rich countries for not doing enough to address them?

Imagine Martian peacekeepers and aid workers descending on Europe in Hertsgaard writes, "The claim that high-efficiency cars are impractical was publicly mocked when Greenpeace activists "kidnapped" a Renault Vesta-2 prototype in and brought it to the International Car Show for spectators to test drive. The Vesta-2 had a maximum speed of miles an hour but got miles per gallon in highway driving.

Toyota, GM, Ford and Volkswagen had produced similar prototypes but, like Renault, had not put them on the market, claiming they were uneconomical". A Google search shows that the Renault Vesta-2 weighed kg. A Honda Insight with a 5-speed manual transmission and air conditioning weighs kg. Will anyone venture to guess, why Vesta-2 was not put into production? He also repeats the GM-destroyed-public-transportation-in-Los-Angeles canard that has been refuted so many times when will it ever die?

Probably the day the story about Prince Grigory Potemkin constructing fake villages and the story about Polish cavalry attacking German tanks kick the bucket. When I read things like this in a book, I ask myself the question: in what other areas, which I do not know as well, is this book as true to the facts as here?

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Earth Odyssey

He concludes Earth Odyssey by proposing a Global Green Deal, an idea that resurfaced twenty years later when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and a new generation of progressive activists championed a Green New Deal to address the twin challenges of climate change and economic inequality. Combining first-rate reportage with irresistible storytelling and keen political analysis, Mark Hertsgaard has written an essential book about the uncertain fate of humankind. Excerpt from the book: By the time I left China in , I had spent the better part of six years trying to answer that question. Leaving San Francisco and traveling west to east, I began my global tour in Europe.

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