The New Consumers
The Influence of Affluence on the Environment 3rd
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New Consumers by Norman Myers
Book DescriptionWhile overconsumption by the developed world's roughly one billion inhabitants is an abiding problem, another one billion increasingly affluent "new consumers" in developing countries will place additional strains on the earth's resources, argue authors Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent in this important new book. The New Consumers examines the environmental impacts of this increased consumption, with particular focus on two commodities - cars and meat - that stand to have the most far-reaching effects. It analyzes consumption patterns in a number of different countries, with special emphasis on China and India (whose surging economies, as well as their large populations, are likely to account for exceptional growth in humanity's ecological footprint), and surveys big-picture issues such as the globalization of economies, consumer goods, and lifestyles. Ultimately, according to the authors, the challenge will be for all of humanity to transition to sustainable levels of consumption, for it is unrealistic to expect "new" consumers not to aspire to be like the "old" ones. Cogent in its analysis, The New Consumers issues a timely warning of a major and developing environmental trend, and
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559639972
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 31-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Norman Myers
New Atlas of Planet Management, Paperback (November 2005)
Presents the survey of our planet. This title contains: chapters on land, oceans, elements, evolution, humankind, civilization, and management; sections on consumption, globalization, environmental security, refugees, international terrorism, the rise of information technology, china; and, illustrations that convey a wealth of information.
Primary Source, Paperback (April 1992)» View all books by Norman Myers
"With extensive knowledge and avid enthusiasm... Myers, a worldwide conservation consultant, presents a sobering, consciousness-raising account of the environmental crisis that will develop if the thoughtless exploitation of tropical forests is allowed to continue... An important contribution." -ALA Booklist
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Author Biography - Norman Myers
Norman Myers is a world-renowned environmental analyst who has numerous important books and more than 300 scientific papers and 400 popular articles to his credit. He has won several international awards for his work, including the Volvo Environment Prize, the UNEP Environment Prize, and the Blue Planet Prize. Jennifer Kent is an environmental researcher and analyst specializing in interdisciplinary studies. She has published several papers and books with Norman Myers.
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