Academic journal article Environmental Law

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Academic journal article Environmental Law

Books Received

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FOREST FUTURES: SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND POLICY FOR THE NEXT CENTURY

Edited by Karen Arabas and Joe Bowersox. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2004. 0-7425-3135-X. http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com. 392 pp. $29.95. Softbound.

Forest Futures includes original essays written by leading forest scientists, land managers, social scientists, and legal advocates. Their observations and analyses address four related issues regarding the future of our nation's forests: ideas and practices for sustainable forestry, science and policymaking, threatened and endangered species protection on forested lands, and the future of public forest lands management. The collection takes a dialogic approach and includes a section exploring questions of scientific uncertainty and the use and abuse of science within the policy process.

Karen Arabas is an Associate Professor of Geography at Willamette University.

Joe Bowersox is an Associate Professor of Politics at Willamette University.

WHEN SMOKE RAN LIKE WATER: TALES OF ENVIRONMENTAL DECEPTION AND THE BATTLE AGAINST POLLUTION

Devra Davis. New York, New York: Basic Books, 2004. (212) 580-8833. http://www.basicbooks.com. 0-465-01522-0. 336 pp. $16.95. Paperback.

In When Smoke Ran Like Water, epidemiologist and environmental researcher Devra Davis offers new data to support her findings on the following topics: how industry manipulates scientists to lobby against restrictions on pollutants; how car companies fought against altering engines to accept unleaded fuel, despite studies showing lead to be deadly; how daily exposure to low levels of pollutants can be just as lethal as sudden exposure to high levels of pollutants in particular catastrophic events; how breast and other cancers are linked with exposures to avoidable environmental contaminants; how the growing health problems men face--including increased cases of sterility and testicular cancer--are symptoms of exposure to environmental toxins; and how the health risks children suffer from exposure to environmental pollution, such as birth defects and asthma, have remained disputed and unresolved far longer than necessary. …

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