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Item #d95jul1

"Global Warming—Science and Anti-Science," O. Preining (Inst. Experimental Phys., Univ. Vienna, Strudlhofgasse 4, A-1090 Wien, Austria), World Resour. Rev., 7(2), 215-220, June 1995.

Analyzes the reasons for the wide divergence of views on climate change, especially among disparate fields such as economics and the physical sciences. Discusses how these contradictory opinions contribute to the creation of fear in the general public and a move toward "anti-science," or extreme non-scientific beliefs which reflect a personal world view. Anti-scientific thinking is inherent to some extent even in the views of scientists, a fact that must be recognized by the general public, politicians, and scientists themselves.

Item #d95jul2

"Energy and Human Evolution," D. Price (254 Carpenter Hall, Cornell Univ., Ithaca NY 14853), Population & Environ., 16(4), 301-319, Mar. 1995.

Proposes a radical new theory of human evolution that precludes sustainable existence. Human beings have evolved to exploit the energy stored as fossil fuels on Earth, just as any species flourishes under propitious conditions. However, humans are depleting fossil energy reserves, and no other source is abundant and cheap enough to replace them. The collapse of the human population cannot be more than a few years away. When the history of life on Earth is seen in perspective, the evolution of humans is merely a transient episode that acts to redress the planet's energy balance.

Item #d95jul3

Environment, 37(5), June 1995, contains the following three essays on current environmental problems:

"Ecosocietal Restoration: Reestablishing Humanity's Relationship with Natural Systems," J. Cairns Jr., p. 4 ff.

"Context, Connection and Opportunity in Environmental Problem Solving," M. Oppenheimer, p. 10 ff.

"Sustainable Trade: A New Paradigm for World Welfare," R. Costanza, J. Audley et al., p. 16 ff.

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