Description - Eco-facts and Eco-fiction by William H. Baarschers
Paranoia and pseudo-science have led to serious misconceptions about environment and human health. Biodegradable bags are perceived as "environmentally friendly"" but their decomposition in landfill sites contributes to the greenhouse effect. Potassium rich bananas are regarded healthy but they are also rich in naturally occurring carcinogenic chemicals. The electric car is seen as a solution to air pollution but pollution from car exhaust is transferred to the power plant. This work exposes environmental falsehoods, widely held assumptions and serious errors in environmental vocabulary which have helped to obscure an informed understanding of the environmental crisis. Fears and misconceptions of words relating to scientific and technological investigations are removed for non-scientists through informal explanations of basic concepts and ideas. Examining a wealth of examples of international environmental concern, this work offers a more informed knowledge of the elements of the environmental crisis and moves the environment debate closer to establishing an essential common language.
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Author Biography - William H. Baarschers
William H. Baarschers is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Senior Advisor to the Resource Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Lakehead University, Canada