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Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Nuclear issues

The Nuclear Peninsula (Paperback): Francoise Zonabend The Nuclear Peninsula (Paperback)
Francoise Zonabend
R886 Discovery Miles 8 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A quiet French country district is the site of a nuclear waste-processing plant. Francoise Zonabend describes the ways in which those working in the plant, and living nearby, come to terms with the risks in their daily lives. She provides a superb sociology of the nuclear work-place, with its divisions and hierarchies, and explains the often unexpected responses of the workers to the fear of radiation and contamination. The work is described euphemistically in terms of women's tasks - cleaning, cooking, preparing a soup - but the male workers subvert this language to create a more satisfying self-image. They divide workers into the cautious ('rentiers') and the bold ('kamikazes') who relish danger. By analysing work practices and the language of the work-place, the author shows how workers and locals can recognise the possibility of nuclear catastrophe while, at the same time, denying that it could ever happen to them. This is a major contribution to the anthropology of modern life.

Nuclear Energy - Balancing the Benefits and Risks (Paperback): Charles D. Ferguson Nuclear Energy - Balancing the Benefits and Risks (Paperback)
Charles D. Ferguson
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fears of climate change-induced catastrophe have caused many to consider nuclear energy as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. There are increasing calls for U.S. nuclear energy policy to promote a major expansion of nuclear-generated electricity in the United States and abroad. Charles D. Ferguson argues that such thinking neglects the risks and costs of massive nuclear expansion.

A Brighter Tomorrow - Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy (Paperback, New edition): Pete V. Domenici, Blythe J. Lyons,... A Brighter Tomorrow - Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy (Paperback, New edition)
Pete V. Domenici, Blythe J. Lyons, Julian J. Steyn
R370 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R58 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In A Brighter Tomorrow, Pete V. Domenici, the senior Republican Senator from New Mexico, has written a thoughtful and, at times, provocative assessment of nuclear power in the United States. He outlines what went wrong and why, and shares his vision and passion for a renewed commitment by this nation, and the rest of the world, to the dreams that nuclear energy can help fulfill.

No End in Sight - The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation (Hardcover): Nathan E. Busch No End in Sight - The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation (Hardcover)
Nathan E. Busch
R1,694 Discovery Miles 16 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The global threat of nuclear weapons is one of today's key policy issues. Using a wide variety of sources, including recently declassified information, Nathan E. Busch offers detailed examinations of the nuclear programs in the United States, Russia, China, Iraq, India, and Pakistan, as well as the emerging programs in Iran and North Korea. He also assesses the current debates in international relations over the risks associated with the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the post--Cold War world. Busch explores how our understanding of nuclear proliferation centers on theoretical disagreements about how best to explain and predict the behavior of states. His study bridges the gap between theory and empirical evidence by determining whether countries with nuclear weapons have adequate controls over their nuclear arsenals and fissile material stockpiles (such as highly enriched uranium and plutonium). Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of various systems of nuclear weapons regulation, Busch projects what types of controls proliferating states are likely to employ and assesses the threat posed by the possible theft of fissile materials by aspiring nuclear states or by terrorists. No End in Sight provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of issues at the forefront of contemporary international affairs. With the resurgence of the threat of nuclear terrorism, Busch's insights and conclusions will prove critical to understanding the implications of nuclear proliferation.

Principles of Radiological Health and Safety (Hardcover): James E. Martin, Chul Lee Principles of Radiological Health and Safety (Hardcover)
James E. Martin, Chul Lee
R4,417 Discovery Miles 44 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A practical guide to radiation safety

Many health and scientific professionals require a basic understanding of radiological safety principles, even and especially if they are not specialists in radiological health. Principles of Radiological Health and Safety is designed for this purpose as well as a resource for safety personnel who also handle radiation safety duties. It is a text of basic concepts needed in broad-based protection programs, with real-world examples and practice problems to demonstrate principles and hone skills.

Resource data for practical problems in radiation protection are provided along with illustrative examples of their use. For example, modes and energies of radioactive transformation, radiation attenuation and absorption, dose coefficients, and environmental transport parameters are included for many of the common circumstances encountered in laboratory and industrial settings. these are cross referenced to standard compendiums for straightforward use when more in-depth listings need to be consulted. Other topics include:

  • Atom structure and radioactivity
  • Radiation protection standards and programs
  • Radiation interactions and dose
  • Environmental radiological assessment
  • Radiation shielding
  • Radon
  • Internal radiation dosimetry
  • Radioactive waste

Safety professionals as well as students and teachers will find Principles of Radiological Health and Safety to be an invaluable addition to their professional and academic libraries.

Amchitka and the Bomb - Nuclear Testing in Alaska (Hardcover): Dean W. Kohlhoff Amchitka and the Bomb - Nuclear Testing in Alaska (Hardcover)
Dean W. Kohlhoff
R1,146 Discovery Miles 11 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

More than a quarter-century has now passed since the United States set off the last of three underground atomic blasts in the remote wilderness of the Aleutian islands, off the coast of Alaska. Cannikin, as this third test was called, exploded as planned on November 6, 1971, on Amchitka Island. The first test, Project Long Shot (1965), was designed to determine whether the blast's shock waves could be distinguished from earthquakes. Milrow, the second (1969), and Cannikin were part of the U.S. anti-ballistic missile development program. Amchitka and the Bomb looks at how these nuclear explosions were planned and conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission, in spite of vehement protests by political and civilian groups. In addition to demonstrating the feasibility of a new generation of weapons, the government defended the nuclear tests on Amchitka as providing U.S. presidents, and especially Richard Nixon, with negotiating power to force the Soviet Union to accept a satisfactory arms limitation agreement. Dean Kohlhoff traces the enormous environmental impact of the blasts on the Aleutian wildlife refuge system. He also examines the social and political fallout from the tests on Aleut civilian populations. As the tests inexorably went forward, an emerging environmental movement was galvanized to action. Passionate but ultimately futile attempts to stop the blasts were made by such nascent groups as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the Wilderness Society. Although Alaskan Aleuts sued to halt Cannikin and environmental groups joined them for an injunction against the test, a split U.S. Supreme Court eventually approved the 5.1-megaton explosion. Amchitka and the Bomb tells a harrowing story of the struggle of private citizens and small environmental groups to counter the weight of the federal government. It adds immeasurably to our understanding of the nuclear history of the United States. Its concise interweaving of the military, scientific, economic, and social implications surrounding the nuclear explosions on Amchitka Island exposes the unpleasant consequences of allowing treasured national values to become victim to political necessity. Kohlhoff has contributed a vital chapter to Alaska's history and to the history of the American environmental movement.

Nuclear Power, Energy And The Environment (Paperback): Peter E. Hodgson Nuclear Power, Energy And The Environment (Paperback)
Peter E. Hodgson
R1,098 Discovery Miles 10 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

We need energy to warm and light our homes, to power our transport and communications, and to support our manufacturing industries. Can we obtain enough energy to satisfy the needs of a rapidly increasing world population without, at the same time, devastating the earth? Is nuclear power the way to do this?

This book surveys available energy sources and their effects on the environment in the context of moral imperatives and political realities.

The Atomic West (Hardcover, New): Bruce W Hevly, John M. Findlay The Atomic West (Hardcover, New)
Bruce W Hevly, John M. Findlay
R1,990 R1,582 Discovery Miles 15 820 Save R408 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Manhattan Project-the World War II race to produce an atomic bomb-transformed the entire country in myriad ways, but it did not affect each region equally. Acting on an enduring perception of the American West as an "empty" place, the U.S. government located a disproportionate number of nuclear facilities-particularly the ones most likely to spread pollution-in western states. The Manhattan Project manufactured plutonium at Hanford, Washington; designed and assembled bombs at Los Alamos, New Mexico; and detonated the world's first atomic bomb at Alamagordo, New Mexico, on June 16, 1945. In the years that followed the war, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission selected additional western sites for its work. Many westerners initially welcomed the atom. Like federal officials, they, too, regarded their region as "empty," or underdeveloped. Facilities to make, test, and base atomic weapons, sites to store nuclear waste, and even nuclear power plants were regarded as assets. By the 1960s and 1970s, however, regional attitudes began to change. At a variety of locales, ranging from Eskimo Alaska to Mormon Utah, westerners devoted themselves to resisting the atom and its effects on their environments and communities. Just as the atomic age had dawned in the American West, so its artificial sun began to set there. The Atomic West brings together contributions from several disciplines to explore the impact on the West of the development of atomic power from wartime secrecy and initial postwar enthusiasm to public doubts and protest in the 1970s and 1980s. An impressive example of the benefits of interdisciplinary studies on complex topics, The Atomic West advances our understanding of both regional history and the history of science, and does so with human communities as a significant focal point. The book will be of special interest to students and experts on the American West, environmental history, and the history of science and technology.

What is Safe? - Risks of Living in a Nuclear Age (Paperback): David R. Williams What is Safe? - Risks of Living in a Nuclear Age (Paperback)
David R. Williams
R1,015 Discovery Miles 10 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Is it safe?" "What are the risks involved?" are questions frequently asked by members of the public. This unique book explains the fundamental problems faced in modern-day life. Terms such as "risk" and "safe" are clearly defined, and the risks encountered between birth and death are discussed, including transport, the home, healthcare, diet, and the workplace. The perception of risk, and the risks from radiation (natural, radwaste and nuclear reactors) are covered, along with management of risk and the psychology of risk perception. What is Safe? The Risks of Living in a Nuclear Age is illustrated with examples from the most deeply researched areas. Written for the lay-person, the volume also includes a complete reprint of the late Lord Walter Marshall's famous lecture "The Radioactive Garden." It will be of interest to students, teachers, researchers, industrialists or indeed anyone wishing for an up-to-date view of risk and safety.

Robert Oppenheimer - Letters and Recollections (Paperback): Alice Kimball Smith, Charles Weiner Robert Oppenheimer - Letters and Recollections (Paperback)
Alice Kimball Smith, Charles Weiner
R655 R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Save R62 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) is one of the few American scientists who have become public and controversial figures in the twentieth century.T his book adds a new dimension to the Oppenheimer story by offering a look at the private man behind the public figure. It consists of letters spanning the period from his Harvard student days in 1922 to his departure from Los Alamos in 1945. The letters are supplemented by recollections of those who knew Oppenheimer and by his own recollections from an interview a few years before his death. 'A beautifully organized collection of letters and reminiscences ...The editors have interviewed those who knew and worked with him, stirred in the necessary explanatory background, and produced an account, both scholarly and highly readable, which throws fresh light on a man who will probably always remain something of an enigma. Amid devotional defense and almost rabid attack, their book is a model of objectivity.' New York Times Book RevieW 'An intimate, carefully documented, and honest book.' Scientific American 'The first scholarly attempt to come to grips with the development of Oppenheimer's elusive personality, it is all the more impressive because its many revealing letters and candid commentary were gathered from those who knew him best.' Science 'A milestone in Oppenheimer scholarship ...The full measure of Oppenheimer the man, the scientist, and the public figure remains to be taken, but the publication of this rich volume will markedly aid the accomplishment of that ultimate and demanding task.'

Nuclear Madness - What You Can Do (Paperback, Revised): Helen Caldicott Nuclear Madness - What You Can Do (Paperback, Revised)
Helen Caldicott
R376 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R54 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

First published in 1978, Helen Caldicott's cri du coeur about the dangers of nuclear power became an instant classic. In the intervening sixteen years much has changed - the Cold War is over, nuclear arms production has decreased, and there has been a marked growth in environmental awareness. But the nuclear genie has not been forced back into the bottle. The disaster at Chernobyl and the "incidents" at other plants around the world have disproven the image of "safe" nuclear power. Nuclear waste dumping has further poisoned our environment, and developing nuclear technology in the Third World poses still further risks. In this completely revised, updated, and expanded edition, Dr. Caldicott defines for the 1990s the dangers of this madness - including the insidious influence of the nuclear power industry and the American government's complicity in medical "experiments" using nuclear material - and calls on us to accept the moral challenge to fight against it, both for our own sake and for that of future generations.

Problems and Prospects for Nuclear Waste Disposal Policy (Hardcover, New): Eric B. Herzik, Alvin H. Mushkatel Problems and Prospects for Nuclear Waste Disposal Policy (Hardcover, New)
Eric B. Herzik, Alvin H. Mushkatel
R1,526 Discovery Miles 15 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The development and use of nuclear power in the United States has become stalemated. After the early promise of energy too cheap to meter, public concerns and legal challenges have stymied the nuclear power industry. Chief among these is the issue of safe disposal of nuclear waste. This volume, therefore, examines the dynamics of nuclear waste disposal policy. It is organized to address a wide range of issues found in the policy debate, e.g., the interrelationship between science and public choice, policy management and implementation, legal protection and liability, quality assurance and transportation, and so on. The volume provides a comprehensive view of the complex environment in which nuclear waste disposal policy develops.

Cancer Factories - America's Tragic Quest for Uranium Self-Sufficiency (Hardcover, New): Howard Ball Cancer Factories - America's Tragic Quest for Uranium Self-Sufficiency (Hardcover, New)
Howard Ball
R1,986 Discovery Miles 19 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For the first time, the sad story of America's uranium miners and the duplicity of our government is revealed. This expert study examines, in microcosm, the political, legal, social, medical, engineering, and ethical problems that emerged when American leaders developed a nuclear arsenal to contain the Soviet Union without considering the cost this could have on innocent lives. Medical and public health personnel, policymakers and political scientists, lawyers and legal historians, and citizen watchdogs will find this account illuminating. Ball provides the context in the 1940s and 1950s for understanding the Communist hysteria that swept the country and led policymakers to develop risky nuclear technology and to engage in uranium mining and production while assuring Navajo and Mormon miners of their safety. The study analyzes the medical consequences and the etiology of cancer among miners, the politics behind radioactive policy, the miners' long legal battles, and compensatory legislation in 1990. An appendix provides a federal report about three decades of radiation experiences on U.S. citizens. A bibliography points to primary and secondary source material of note.

Cruise Missile Proliferation in the 1990s (Hardcover): W. Seth Carus Cruise Missile Proliferation in the 1990s (Hardcover)
W. Seth Carus
R1,529 Discovery Miles 15 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The proliferation of advanced weapons to volatile regions of the world has become a major issue in the post Cold War era. It was thought that no Third World nation could ever pose a technologically-based threat to the great powers by acquiring advanced weaponry. But this has proved to be wrong. The Persian Gulf War changed the worldwide perception of the spread of ballistic missiles to countries like Iraq. Access to a new type of weapon--cruise missiles--poses an even greater threat. With technology that is accessible, affordable, and relatively simple to produce, Third World countries could acquire highly accurate, long-range cruise missile forces to escalate local conflicts and threaten the forces and even the territories of the industrial powers. This book is a warning to policymakers. It is not too late to confront the realities of cruise missile proliferation and to devise international responses that could contain the worst possible consequences. Carus proposes a new regime of technology controls, security-building measures, and conflict resolution that need to be considered, and acted on, by policymakers and international relations experts everywhere.

Cruise Missile Proliferation in the 1990s (Paperback, New): W. Seth Carus Cruise Missile Proliferation in the 1990s (Paperback, New)
W. Seth Carus
R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The proliferation of advanced weapons to volatile regions of the world has become a major issue in the post Cold War era. It was thought that no Third World nation could ever pose a technologically-based threat to the great powers by acquiring advanced weaponry. But this has proved to be wrong. The Persian Gulf War changed the worldwide perception of the spread of ballistic missiles to countries like Iraq. Access to a new type of weapon--cruise missiles--poses an even greater threat. With technology that is accessible, affordable, and relatively simple to produce, Third World countries could acquire highly accurate, long-range cruise missile forces to escalate local conflicts and threaten the forces and even the territories of the industrial powers. This book is a warning to policymakers. It is not too late to confront the realities of cruise missile proliferation and to devise international responses that could contain the worst possible consequences. Carus proposes a new regime of technology controls, security-building measures, and conflict resolution that need to be considered, and acted on, by policymakers and international relations experts everywhere.

Siting Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities - The Public Policy Dilemma (Hardcover, New): Mary Read English Siting Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities - The Public Policy Dilemma (Hardcover, New)
Mary Read English
R1,996 Discovery Miles 19 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Many lament the difficulty of siting hazardous waste facilities that are intended to benefit the public at large but are locally unwanted. Many label local opposition as purely self-interested; as simply a function of the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) syndrome. Drawing upon the experience of states trying to site new low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities, Mary English argues that we need to think harder and look deeper, to understand--and, possibly, solve--the siting dilemma.

The 1980 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act ushered in a new era in low-level radioactive waste disposal; one of vastly increased state responsibility. By a 1985 amendment, states were given until January 1993 to develop a new system of disposal facilities. English reviews the progress they have made, focusing on one difficulty: that of finding technically and socially acceptable sites. She then turns to issues concerning authority, trust, risk, and justice that help to shape the siting dilemma. This book is made highly readable by vivid examples drawn from recent efforts to site low-level waste disposal facilities. The volume will be a helpful resource to those in the public and private sectors who are immediately concerned with the siting of radioactive waste disposal facilities, hazardous waste facilities, solid waste landfills, incinerators, etc., as well as social scientists who are studying this problem.

Knowing Nukes - The Politics and Culture of the Atom (Paperback, New): William Chaloupka Knowing Nukes - The Politics and Culture of the Atom (Paperback, New)
William Chaloupka
R467 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R64 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Grounded in representation, agency, irony, cynicism, and related topics central to literary criticism, 'Knowing Nukes' emphasizes the pervasive paradoxes within nuclear discourse, advocating an approach that understands-and does not simply recoil from-the character of modern communication and the odd codes of strategic deterrence.

Plutonium and Security - The Military Aspects of the Plutonium Economy (Paperback, 1st ed. 1992): Dr Frank Barnaby Plutonium and Security - The Military Aspects of the Plutonium Economy (Paperback, 1st ed. 1992)
Dr Frank Barnaby
R1,713 Discovery Miles 17 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The contributors to this text discuss the cases for and against the reprocessing of spent reactor fuel elements to remove the plutonium from them.

Averting a Latin American Nuclear Arms Race - New Prospects and Challenges for Argentine-Brazil Nuclear Co-operation... Averting a Latin American Nuclear Arms Race - New Prospects and Challenges for Argentine-Brazil Nuclear Co-operation (Paperback, 1st ed. 1992)
Paul Leventhal
R1,418 Discovery Miles 14 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Viewed by experts as being on the threshold of acquiring nuclear weapons, Argentina and Brazil have recently taken steps to assure each other their nuclear programs are entirely peaceful. This reports on a 1989 conference that anticipated these events and explored the approaches being taken today.

Radioactive Waste - Politics and Technology (Paperback): Frans Berkhout Radioactive Waste - Politics and Technology (Paperback)
Frans Berkhout
R1,596 Discovery Miles 15 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This study provides a detailed historical account of the policy and practice of radioactive waste management in Britain, Sweden and the Federal Republic of Germany. In their differing approaches, these three countries define the parameters of civil nuclear strategy in Europe. The comparative analysis of the evolution of policy clarifies the context of political and technical decision-making. Assessing the varying degrees of influence which the public, the industry and the government exercise over these actions, Frans Berkhout applies the concept of boundaries of "control", questioning the extent to which such control can be relinquished. This analysis of nuclear strategy, the politics of nuclear power and the shifting emphasis of government regulations redefines the issue of radioactive waste management and sets it at the centre of the current debate about power, the environment and society.

Speak No Evil - The Promotional Heritage of Nuclear Risk Communication (Hardcover, New): Louis Gwin Speak No Evil - The Promotional Heritage of Nuclear Risk Communication (Hardcover, New)
Louis Gwin
R1,529 Discovery Miles 15 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Are the nuclear industry's efforts to prepare the public during emergency situations adequate? This study critiques risk communication programs and questions whether these programs have convinced residents close to nuclear power plants to follow instructions in an emergency. The government invests the responsibility of nuclear risk communication essentially with the utilities that operate the plants, with little supervision by either federal or state officials. The study demonstrates that such programs do not communicate critical safety information, that people living near plants will make decisions in an emergency contrary to those recommended, and that disparity exists between technical and lay perceptions of risk. A unique investigation of non-governmental public communication, the book analyzes the persuasive efforts of corporate advocacy and risk management.

Risk communication is seen as a substitute for the more stringent regulatory measures necessary to protect public health and safety in a technological age. Speak No Evil begins with a discussion of issues surrounding risk communication, then describes how the narrative of the promotional history of nuclear power developed and eventually contaminated modern nuclear risk communication messages. Students of organizational communication, rhetoric, political communication, and public relations issue management will find this book illuminating.

Atomic Energy for Military Purposes (Paperback, 1st Reprinted edition): Henry D. Smyth Atomic Energy for Military Purposes (Paperback, 1st Reprinted edition)
Henry D. Smyth
R639 R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Save R62 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This historic document, generally known as 'The Smyth Report, ' was written in secret between the summer of 1944 and the spring of 1945 at the direction of Major General L.R. Groves, who was in charge of the atomic bomb project, as a 'report to the nation.'

Transition beyond Denuclearisation - A Bold Challenge for Kim Jong Un (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Chan Young Bang Transition beyond Denuclearisation - A Bold Challenge for Kim Jong Un (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Chan Young Bang
R2,321 Discovery Miles 23 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book seeks to go beyond conventional literature on the North Korean nuclear issue by examining the chances of survival of the Kim Jong Un regime, both with and without the nuclear weapons program. It offers a detailed historical background of the dysfunctional North Korean economy, explores the contemporary socioeconomic condition of the country, examines the failures of the Six-party Talks and other attempts at negotiations with North Korea, and outlines a blueprint for the survival of the regime through rapid economic modernization to be put forward by the five stakeholder nations in exchange for dismantlement of the nuclear weapons program.

Strahlenschutz an Beschleunigern (German, Paperback, 1985 ed.): Klaus Ewen Strahlenschutz an Beschleunigern (German, Paperback, 1985 ed.)
Klaus Ewen
R1,082 Discovery Miles 10 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Global Cities - Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China (Paperback): Robert Gottlieb, Simon Ng Global Cities - Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China (Paperback)
Robert Gottlieb, Simon Ng; Series edited by Robert Gottlieb
R462 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R31 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China deal with such urban environmental issues as ports, goods movement, air pollution, water quality, transportation, and public space. Over the past four decades, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and key urban regions of China have emerged as global cities-in financial, political, cultural, environmental, and demographic terms. In this book, Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng trace the global emergence of these urban areas and compare their responses to a set of six urban environmental issues. These cities have different patterns of development: Los Angeles has been the quintessential horizontal city, the capital of sprawl; Hong Kong is dense and vertical; China's new megacities in the Pearl River Delta, created by an explosion in industrial development and a vast migration from rural to urban areas, combine the vertical and the horizontal. All three have experienced major environmental changes in a relatively short period of time. Gottlieb and Ng document how each has dealt with challenges posed by ports and the movement of goods, air pollution (Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and urban China are all notorious for their hazardous air quality), water supply (all three places are dependent on massive transfers of water) and water quality, the food system (from seed to table), transportation, and public and private space. Finally they discuss the possibility of change brought about by policy initiatives and social movements.

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