Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment

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Schumacher, E. F. 1973. Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. Harper and Row, New York. Perhaps the most important economic book of the 1970s, with ideas especially pertinent to LDC development.

York, Herbert F. 1970. Race to oblivion: A participant's view of the arms race. Simon & Schuster, New York. Merciless examination of the military-industrial complex and its "ideas." From an impeccable source.

Additional References

Adelman, M. A. 1972. The world petroleum market. Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore. On the international history and politics of oil.

-----; R. E. Hall; K. F. Hansen; J. H. Holloman; H. D. Jacoby; P. L. Joskow ; P. W. MacAvoy; H. P. Meissner; D. C. White; and M. B. Zimmerman . 1974. "The U.S. and the world oil market". Technology Review, vol. 76, no. 6, pp. 47-52.

Agarwal, Anil. 1975. "Gandhi's ghost saves the Himalayan trees". New Scientist, August 14, pp. 386-387. Describes an Indian peasant movement to keep the timber industry from destroying forests.

Aron, Raymond. 1957. On war. Norton, New York. A European view of the influence on international relations of nuclear armaments and planetary politics.

Barber Associates, Inc. 1975. "LDC nuclear power prospects, 1975-1990: Commercial, economic, and security implications". ERDA-52. National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. An important and detailed analysis, indicating that the potential usefulness of nuclear power in LDCs has been widely overestimated.

Barnaby, Frank. 1974. "The Ford-Brezhnev agreement assessed". New Scientist, December 5, pp. 734-736, Information on Vladivostok SALT negotiation.

-----. 1975. The spread of the capability to do violence: An introduction to environmental warfare. Ambio, vol. 4, pp. 178-185. An overview. Contains useful tables of weapons.

-----. 1976. "Changing nuclear myths". New Scientist, January 15. Discusses consequences of efforts to achieve first-strike capability.

-----. 1976. "World armament and disarmament". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June, pp. 25-32. Up-to-date information on the arms race.

Barnet, R. J., and R. D. Falk, eds. 1965. Security in disarmament. Princeton University Press, N.J. A collection of essays dealing with such subjects as systems of inspection, violations of arms-control agreements, and supernational versus international models for disarmament.

Becker, Benjamin M. 1975. "The United Nations after 30 years". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November, pp. 31-35. An interesting overview.

Beitz, C. R., and T. Herman, eds. 1973. Peace and war. W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco. A broad sampling of thirty articles from authors as diverse as Thomas Schelling, who writes on the "art of coercion, of intimidation and deterrence," and Mohandas Gandhi.

Berg, Alan. 1973. The nutrition factor: Its role in national development. The Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. On the relevance of nutrition to development policies in LDCs.

Berry, R. Stephen. 1975. "Crises of resource scarcity". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January, pp. 31-36. A chemist looks at the changing international resource picture and, among other things, recommends utilizing a multiplicity of energy technologies to "hedge our bets."

Betts, R. J. 1977. "Paranoids, pygmies, pariahs, and nonproliferation". Foreign Policy, no. 26 (Spring), pp. 157-183. A pithy, cogent argument to the effect that, in proliferation, "them are no simple solutions that are feasible, no feasible solutions that are simple, and no solutions at all that are applicable across the board." We disagree only insofar as we believe some simple, if drastic approaches are at least worth trying.

Blair, John M. 1976. The control of oil. Pantheon, New York. Cogent, well documented case against the concentration of economic and political power wielded by the "seven sisters" of the international oil business -- Exxon, Mobil, Standard of California, Texaco, Gulf, Royal Dutch Shell, and British Petroleum.

Boot, J. C. G. 1974. Common globe or global commons: Population regulation and income distribution. Marcel Dekker, New York. A provocative and wide-ranging discussion of approaches to global management of population size and the distribution of income.

Boulding, Kenneth E. 1962. Conflict and defense. Harper and Row, New York. A pioneering attempt to create a general theory of conflict.

Brookings Institution. 1975. Energy and U.S. foreign policy. Ballinger, Cambridge, Mass. On the history and politics of oil.

Brown, Harrison. 1975. "Population growth and affluence: The fissioning of human society". Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 84, pp. 236-246. Gives statistics on evolution of rich-poor division.

Brown, Lester R. 1972. World without borders. Random House, New York. Generally excellent treatment on international aspects of the planetary ecological crisis; it is perhaps too sanguine about the role of multinational corporations. The emphasis is on food.

-----. 1975. The politics and responsibility of the North American breadbasket. Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C., paper 2. An excellent summary of the world food situation, outlook, and policy implications.

----- and E. P. Eckholm. 1975. Next steps toward global food security. In The U.S. and world development: Agenda for action 1975, J. W. Howe , ed. Good discussion based on 1974 World Food Conference.

-----; P. L. McGrath; and B. Stokes. 1976. Twenty-two dimensions of the population problem. Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C., Paper 5. A concise overview.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 1975. The Cocoyoc declaration. March, pp. 6-10. A call for reform of the international economic order by an international group of natural and social scientists.


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