"For students doing in-depth research, this up-to-date set would be the one to use."--Reed/Elsevier
The development of environmental consciousness is a milestone in human thought and civilization, as revolutionary as the picture of Earth taken from space on the cover. Environment issues concern everyone. Environmental problems are the problems of all humankind, and as the astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996) forewarned, "there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us."
Only over the last two centuries has this environmental awareness resolved into to a limited understanding of the complexities of environmental science and issues. To reflect this diversity and urgency the primary sources contained in Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources offer insights into both the origins of environmental consciousness and the sometimes-contentious arguments, assertions, and tactics related to modern issues. Whether illustrating short-term concerns about wildlife rescue following an oil spill to articulating concerns related to the ongoing global debate over an effective response to greenhouse gas emissions, environmental issues offer challenges to individuals, communities, nations, and international organizations. (continued... download to read more) -- -- K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors. Siracusa, Sicily. April, 2006.