Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet

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CHAPTER 9
Case Histories—Lead, Ozone,
Tobacco, GMOs

Because of the broad scope of this book, I have not been able to go into very much depth on any of the complex subjects covered so far. Obviously whole books can be (and have been) written on the subject matter presented in chapters 1 through 8. In this chapter, I will try to probe a bit deeper into the history and current status of four specific examples of environmental and public-health issues that I believe illustrate many of the points I have been trying to make. These examples, or case histories, are each about a particular issue that at one time or another was a major environmental and/or health concern. The four case histories include a case of toxic environmental pollution (lead), a planetary environmental crisis (the ozone layer), a serious and ongoing public-health threat (tobacco), and a perceived problem that really isn’t one (genetically modified food).


Lead

The history of the remarkable revolution leading to the removal of lead from the human environment makes an interesting example of a very complex set of actions and reactions involving all the players who usually have a role

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • List of Figures v
  • Preface vii
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 1
  • Part I - Where We Stand Now- Reasons for Optimism 25
  • Chapter 2 - Health 27
  • Chapter 3 - Environmental Quality 58
  • Chapter 4 - Toxic Substances 80
  • Chapter 5 - Ecology and Biodiversity 104
  • Chapter 6 - Global Welfare and the Human Population 120
  • Part II - Where We Have Been- Historical Lessons 143
  • Chapter 7 - Political Climate and Health 145
  • Chapter 8 - From Bad to Better 171
  • Chapter 9 - Case Histories—Lead, Ozone, Tobacco, Gmos 204
  • Part III - The Way Forward 239
  • Chapter 10 - Environmental Philosophies and World Views 241
  • Epilogue- The Future 265
  • Bibliography 273
  • Index 283
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