The Geography of Survival: Ecology in the Post-Soviet Era

The Geography of Survival: Ecology in the Post-Soviet Era

The Geography of Survival: Ecology in the Post-Soviet Era

The Geography of Survival: Ecology in the Post-Soviet Era

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Speaking to the opening session of the global environmental conference held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said that all of Man's victories had been victories over Nature. "But," Boutros-Ghali warned, "the world is finite. Nature in the true sense of the word is no more." The idea that a boundary had finally been crossed, and that development of the planet had become increasingly dangerous, was the focus of every presentation at the "Rio--92" summit. What became unmistakably clear in Brazil was the extremity of the situation and the strength of political will that would be required to save the planet.

Ze'ev Wolfson Geography of Survival exemplifies the "spirit of Rio," the spirit of concern and hope, knowledge and foresight. It is not a hastily assembled set of banal statements about fashionable ecological subjects.

Leo Tolstoy once said that a real novel should begin with the protagonists' marriage rather than end with a romantic kiss before their wedding. Basically, Wolfson's book begins where most other ecological publications end. The author goes beyond the simple statement that environmental pollution has no regard for national boundaries and that ecological problems have acquired a global character. He adduces a wealth of factual material to expose the mechanism of the catastrophe, the way in which it is spreading over the planet, and its causes and possible consequences.

The Geography of Survival offers dramatic proof of the way shortsighted political solutions have led to grave environmental . . .

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