By Mark Everard
Air is essential to human existence—it protects us from radiation, keeps weather and climate styles, disperses seeds and pollen, and serves as a substitute power resource. regardless of all of this, air continues to be missed in environmental coverage, with its ownerless, without boundary lines nature making it tough to crusade and legislate.
Breathing Space is the 1st booklet to correctly combine air into the broader environmental discourse. Mark Everard assesses the atmosphere’s constitution and its position inside our total setting and argues persuasively for the need of governments’ and activists’ popularity of air as a necessary source, in addition to the dire desire for more desirable around the globe rules on air legislation. This paintings is lengthy past due and a must-read for students, environmental activists, and somebody environmental coverage.
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S. Department of Energy have gotten into the business of regulating dishwashers, washer/dryers, microwave ovens, cars, and power plants. Passenger aircraft are next. 2 NEPA created a new bureaucracy—the President’s Council on Environmental Quality—that lobbied Nixon to reshuffle some federal agencies and branches into a brand new Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s charter was for it to become the focal point for issuance and coordination of environmental regulation. It would be answerable to the president, not Congress.
The climate change availability cascade of apocalypse narrows our perspective and policy options that are necessary for dealing with complex issues such as public health, weather disasters, and national security. 18 Is climate change making us stupid? Judith Curry fears the answer is yes. 19 The result is an intense clamor for policy responses advocated by an activist community armed with the availability cascade. Scientists who stand in its way are disregarded as impediments to planetary salvation.
1. A Little History When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power. S. senators—John Kerry (D-MA) and Tim Wirth (D-CO)—global warming science became political theater 27 years ago. On a very hot June 23, 1988, at the height of a substantial drought over much of the nation and in the midst of a major eastern heatwave, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) researcher, James Hansen, lit the bonfire of the greenhouse vanities.
Breathing Space: The Natural and Unnatural History of Air by Mark Everard