» » It's a Matter of Survival

Download It's a Matter of Survival ePub

by Suzuki; Gordon Staff

Download It's a Matter of Survival ePub
  • ISBN 0773724214
  • ISBN13 978-0773724211
  • Language English
  • Author Suzuki; Gordon Staff
  • Publisher Stoddart Kids; First Edition edition (1990)
  • Formats mbr mobi lrf docx
  • Category Math
  • Subcategory Earth Sciences
  • Size ePub 1554 kb
  • Size Fb2 1387 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 171

It's a Matter of Survival book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking It's a Matter of Survival as Want to Read

It's a Matter of Survival book. Start by marking It's a Matter of Survival as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

It's a Matter of Survival is a 1990 book by Anita Gordon and David Suzuki. Written for the general reader, the book looks ahead 50 years and explores the condition of human society and the environment. The book originated as a radio series aired in 1989 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. List of books by David Suzuki.

It's a matter of survival. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by ttscribe8. hongkong on February 10, 2018. Suzuki; Gordon Staff. PORT HOLE BOOKS and PUBLISHING (Florence, OR, . Published by Stoddart Kids (1990). ISBN 10: 0773724214 ISBN 13: 9780773724211.

More than any other time in history, the 1990s have marked a turning point for human civilization. With this book, Mitchell, who is Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection, establishes himself as one of the leading environmentalists in Congress.

55 results for survival staff. It's a Matter of Survival by Suzuki; Gordon Staff. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Golf by Chronicle Books LLC Staff~Jam.

It's a Matter of Survival is a 1991 book by Anita Gordon and David Suzuki. Posts About It's a Matter of Survival. Written for the general. Anita Gordon, David Suzuki. Harvard University Press. World Heritage Encyclopedia is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

On retirement Gordon wrote a remarkable book by one of the few people capable of chronicling what happened with painstaking detail and insight titled, Earning the American . It is the type of a book you do not want to put down. I love the way he tells his stories. I strongly recommend it.

On retirement Gordon wrote a remarkable book by one of the few people capable of chronicling what happened with painstaking detail and insight titled, Earning the American Dream is a truly fascinating documentary of what was right at the British Motor Corporation and what was tragically wrong that caused its demise. His book Regaining Our Sovereignty: From all those in Washington, DC who have failed the people of the United States of America presents the author’s views on current interests of the nation’s dissatisfaction with bureaucracy.

Talk about It's a Matter of Survival

The book proclaims that it is a call to action. Its message is simply that we all have to discard old ideas such as "nature is infinite" or that "science and technology will solve our problems". All human societies are enjoined to work together for the good of the planet communally and to chart a new course to save the planet from a certain destruction in fifty years' time.
The earliest chapters paint a stark picture of the life that our children and grandchildren will lead in the year 2040. The pattern of the remainder of the book is to dispose of six sacred truths of traditional thought which are seen to be about the planet's ability to cope with pollution, the problem of human population, the human species' domination of other species, the acceptance of industrialisation as the price of progress, the concept of continuing economic growth and the effects of pollution.
The authors of the book remain optimistic in spite of the horrific picture they have painted and in the last two chapters give a plan of action for preventing global calamity. That is the scenario: numerous books, magazines, radio and television programs provide similar information. I did not note any major new concepts which anyone who is at least half awake has not met many times before. The book is easy to read but in my view in badly written. The journalistic style is irritating with quotations from this or that source placed in snug, uniform word-processed paragraphs that are not fully connected or integrated with each other.
As an example, Chapter 7 introduces Herman Daly by name half a dozen times in different guises. On page 161 he is presented in the following terms: "World Bank senior economist Herman Daly holds a minority view when it comes to economic thinking." On page 169 he is introduced as co-author of "For the Common Good", whist on page 169/170 he is cited as the "maverick economist, Herman Daly". On page 170 again his views are described as "heretical". I have not personally heard of Herman Daly, so I looked in the well referenced section at the rear of the book on notes and sources which cite from Daly's total oeuvre, one article, one conference paper, one radio program and two personal communications. Daly may well have written in more erudite journals than those cited, but the book seems to prefer pseudo-academic respectability to real scholarship.
In other words, don't look to this book to give a balanced set of views on the subject. Comparatively minor authors and thinkers are quoted extensively to bolster their reputation where they express an environmental viewpoint. Those who disagree with this viewpoint get a brief quotation of their views that are demolished as "straw-men" over the next few pages.
Overall, this book is not particularly memorable, or well written and does not break much new ground, but its sincerity and conviction do in the end come through and the authors' worst case scenario is horrific enough to be worth consideration at some point in our crowded school curricula.
Originally written for "ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND INFORATION Volume 11, Number 2 (1992, p. 123"
I first read this book about twelve years ago and still recommend it to those yearning to learn more about the basis for global warming-climate change.

Researcher and author David Suzuki with Anita Gordon, believe we are well on our way to a dismal, oveheated planet and will reach the first critical marker by the year 2040. This is the first 'Year of No Seasons' (I happen to believe we will reach this stage a lot sooner, perhaps by 2020.) Bear in mind Suzuki based his projections on 1991 data and the hope we'd be able to keep the warming increment to less than 2C by 2100. According to data compiled from the National Climate Data Center, IPCC, the Hadley UK Center and other sources, all bets are off for achieving this based on their recent reports.

Suzuki and Gordon waste no time slapping the complacent reader from the first words of Chapter One: Beyond Your Worst Nightmare:

"A.D. 2040- If we were to give this year a name it would be Despair. This is the hopeless world we have left our children and grand children. Where once our lives were measured and enriched by the cycle of the seasons, there is now only searing heat and the certainty it will get hotter. Seasons exist only in the nostalgic longing of those of us old enough to remember the richness of life......

Daily, experts try to play God, desperate to determine what each new ecosystem will be, before it too is lost. This is the nightmare world of 2040 on this sad excuse for the planet we once called home."

On p. 8 of the same chapter, Suzuki and Gordon go on to link the total disappearance of the seasons worldwide to global mean temperatures 5 C (9F) above what they were in 1991. Given that Carl Sagan once forecast an increment of 6C as adequate to trigger the runaway Greenhouse, Suzuki's numbers would put us right on the cusp. Once that begins, and the methane is also released from melting permafrost and later CO2 is released from all the carbonate rocks in the world, we are for the high jump.

"Venus II" will be our certain destination and topographic maps such as that shown will be about what any passing aliens find, perhaps by 2200. No oceans - they would have long since evaporated, and no biological life of any kind, except perhaps some undersea anemones near the poles. And no sign of the species that once dominated all facets but was unable to temper its own greed and selfishness.

Of course, the world will become unbearable long before that. The full horrors incepted, of which the loss of seasons is merely the most distinguishing, will include lack of sufficient water, lack of food - because of the inhospitable conditions to grow crops, and other hostile factors (catastrophic storms with hundreds of F5 tornadoes a year, monster hurricanes, rising sea levels inundating 30% of coastal lands in the U.S. alone).

And thus, what Suzuki and Gordon's 'Year of no Seasons' is telling us, is that the first step toward planetary eqiulibriaton of temperatures is under way, and ultimate biospheric death. It will take some more time, maybe a century and a half, but eventually all surface temperatures will arrive at the same high value, perhaps 200-220F or more. And this won't even be the end of it, since more accessible states will still be available before everything comes to an entropic standstill.

A dead planet, a once glorious world but now moribund. Wrecked by a greedy species that cared more about its artificial investment indexes, net worth and stock portfolios ( as well as easy or cheap energy for the mechanical devices that caused the problem in the first place) than the planet it once called home. Perhaps this is the fate we deserve.

In the text btw, Herman Daly is also referenced, cited and an earlier reviewer claimed he "never heard of him". This is incredible, and perhaps shows the extent to which the corporate media controls the national narrative on climate change. For those who don't know, former University of Maryland Economics Professor Hermann Daly addressed the issue of misplaced priorities via GDP in a lecture he delivered, in April, 1999. This was at Trinity College in Ireland, where his topic was "Uneconomic Growth: in theory and in fact".

Focusing on the U.S., he laid out the work of Nordhaus and Tobin which seemed to suggest that as long ago as the late 1960's the welfare costs of growth had exceeded the marginal benefit. He also proposed that the use GDP as a measure of welfare was not efficient and so suggested the use of the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW).

Daly criticized the fact that when it comes to "counting all the beans in the United States the only cookbook that matters is the Gross Domestic Product or GDP". If the Gross Domestic Product is going up, people say the economy is growing. And if the GDP is falling, they say we're in a recession.

The GDP is supposed to measure the total production and consumption of goods and services in the United States. But the numbers that make up the Gross Domestic Product by and large only capture the monetary transactions we can put a dollar value on. Almost everything else is left out. And that's why some economists have a problem with this influential accounting system.

Ignoring these "externalities" leads us into a fool's paradise where we come to believe things are much better than the GDP numbers show.

For example:

We see the "unemployment rate" declining, but forget that this may well be due to more unemployed dropped from the BLS stats after 6 months.

We look at utility bills, but don't recognize that unlisted in them is the damage to our water, forests, air etc. Those externalities again. How much of a cost to put on forests (which absorb CO2), or clean air? Who knows, but some guestimate is needed.

We look at nursing homes and the number there, and those paid to care for them. But we blithely ignore the more than 33 million people that are cared for by their own families, without remuneration!

We behold productivity increasing but don't realize that has nada to do with work, or labor - but rather corporations reducing their costs (increasing "efficiency") by moving jobs to cheaper places offshore, like Bangalore.

We focus on tax cuts at the "growth end" but forget that there has never been any proof that tax cuts cause job growth. And even if they did, the degenerate effects are ignored - e.g. continued collapse of the infrastructure because no tax dollars are going to maintain it.

When all our water mains have burst, along with the sewer lines, and bridges -roads collapse, will the public works effort finally get onto the GDP radar? Doubtful!

All of these factors can skew the GDP to artificially higher values, once ignored.

Daly noted that the concept of the GDP was developed to help steer the US economy out of the Great Depression, and through World War Two. It was for another time and place, and is no longer relevant to this time and place. It needs to be dunned and ditched in favor of the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare.

To summarize, GDP is an inadequate barometer because of a number of fundamental problems: we don't measure unpaid work or services that may benefit society, we treat expenses as income, and we often fail to value natural resources.

It is also a measure with which we need to be aware of, since it is inextricably linked to global warming!

I do hope more people will read Suzuki and Gordon's book and also in the process, find out more concerning Herman Daly!