The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

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Why do we keep talking about so many environmental problems and rarely solve any? If these are scientific issues, then why can't scientists solve them or at least agree on what to do? In his new book, The Moon in the Nautilus Shell, ecologist Daniel Botkin explains why. For one thing, although we live in a world of constantly changing environments and talk a lot about climate change, most of our environmental laws, policies, and scientific premises are based on the idea that the environment is constant, never changing, except when people affect it. For another, we have lost contact with nature in personal ways. Disconnected from our surroundings, we lack the deep understanding and feelings about the environment to make meaningful judgments. The environment has become just another one of those special interests that interferes with our lives. Poised to be a core text of the twenty-first century environmental movement, The Moon in the Nautilus Shell challenges us to think critically about our role in nature.Historical evidence of climate change and its effects on civilization during the Little Ice Age are well documented in the classic book E. ... Times of Feast, Times of Famine: A History of Climate Since the Year 1000 (Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday aamp; Co., ... In Their Own Words: The Colonizers: Early European Settlers and the Shaping of North America (New York: Perigree ... Projections in Policy Analysis (essay submitted for the George and Cynthia Mitchell International Prize Competition, anbsp;...

Title:The Moon in the Nautilus Shell
Author: Daniel B. Botkin
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2012-09-14

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