The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology

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Courier Dover Publications, Mar 18, 2020 - Science - 352 pages
"I regard him as right and compassionate on nearly every major issue." — Stephen Jay Gould

A radical argument about the root causes of climate change, The Closing Circle was progressive when it was written in 1971 and its message remains increasingly relevant today. Barry Commoner, the father of modern ecology, claims that production for profit creates dangerous ecological ramifications and offers a concise analysis of the nature, causes, and possible solutions to impending ecological disaster. His analysis is a must-read for those attempting to understand how the global economy impacts our environment and contributes to climate change and for those seeking the steps to be taken in saving our planet.

"Readers interested in the history of environmental thought will be fascinated to see how many of today's crises were already understood almost fifty years ago. We've made progress in a few places, but it's hard to read Commoner's prescient warnings without a sigh for how little attention we've actually paid to these great challenges." — Bill McKibben, author of Falter and The End of Nature
 

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The insane argument over the environment seems to stem from the thought this is somehow a new fad and not established science. The timely reissue of Barry Commoner's The Closing Circle (1971) puts the ... Read full review

Contents

The Environmental Crisis
3
The Ecosphere
12
Nuclear Fire
44
Los Angeles Air
61
Illinois Earth
75
Lake Erie Water
88
Man in the Ecosphere
105
Population and Affluence
117
The Social Issues
169
The Question of Survival
206
The Economic Meaning of Ecology
239
The Closing Circle
281
Notes
289
Acknowledgments
321
Index
323
Copyright

The Technological Flaw
132

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Barry Commoner (1917-2012) is considered the father of modern ecology and one of the world's most progressive thinkers and scientist-activists. Credited with creating the four informal rules of ecology, he followed Marxist ideals that led him to posit that climate change is driven by capitalist means of production rather than overpopulation. In 1980 he ran for President of the United States on his own Citizens Party ticket.

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