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Description - Paradise for Sale by Prof Carl McDaniel

In a captivating and moving style, the authors describe how the island became one of the richest nations in the world and how its citizens acquired all the ills of modern life: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension. At the same time, Nauru became 80 percent mined-out ruins that contain severely impoverished biological communities of little value in supporting human habitation. This sad tale highlights the dire consequences of a free-market economy, a system in direct conflict with sustaining the environment. In presenting evidence for the current mass extinction, the authors argue that we cannot expect to preserve biodiversity or support sustainable habitation, because our economic operating principles are incompatible with these activities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520222298
ISBN-10: 0520222296
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 239
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Prof Carl McDaniel

Carl N. McDaniel is Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Environmental Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. John M. Gowdy is Professor of Economics and Director of the Ph.D. program in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is editor of Limited Wants, Limited Means (1997).

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