9780807085950

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807085950

  • ISBN10:

    0807085952

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: BEACON PRESS

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Summary

Pearce exposes the hidden worlds that sustain a Western lifestyle, and does it by examining the sources of everything in his own life. This work offers a fascinating portrait of the effects the world's 6 billion inhabitants have on the planet, as well as their various working and living conditions.

Author Biography

Fred Pearce is a former news editor at New Scientist. Currently its environmental and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History. His books include When the Rivers Run Dry (Beacon / 8573-8 / $16.00 pb), With Speed and Violence (Beacon / 8577-6 / $15.00 pb), and Deep Jungle. Pearce lives in England.

Table of Contents

Introductions
Footprints: Me and My Stuffp. 3
Gold: A Lodestone for My Journeyp. 10
My Food
Coffee: Throwing a Hand Grenade into the Cozy World of Fair Tradep. 21
Wild Things: The Last Roundup on the High Seas and in the Hillsp. 29
Curried Crustaceans: The Weird World of Mr. Prawnp. 40
Scorched Earth: A Sticky End with Palm Oil and Sugarp. 50
Unzipped: When the Banana Lost Its Seeds and Other Tales from the Orchardsp. 55
Montezuma's Magic: How Joseph the Cocoa Farmer Became an Unlikely Green Warriorp. 63
Air Miles: Why Eating Kenyan Beans Is Good for the Planetp. 69
My Clothes
Drought and Dirty Secrets in the World of King Cottonp. 85
Behind the Label: Bless My Cotton Socksp. 93
Trouser Truths: The Unscrupulous World of Sweatshopsp. 102
White Gold: My T-Shirt, Slave Labor, and the Death of the Aral Seap. 109
The Chinese Dragon
Computing Power: Mice, Motherboards, and the New Emperors of Suzhoup. 117
Zhangjiagang: The World Capital of Rain-Forest Destructionp. 126
The Great Mall: Toothpicks to Placentas, Everything Must Gop. 134
Mines, Metals, and Power
My Beer Can: Giant Footprints in Bloke Heavenp. 143
Shock and Ore: Where My Metal Comes Fromp. 153
Footprints in the Snow: Finding the Last Oilp. 164
My Electricity: Old King Coal Lives On at Draxp. 175
Downstream
My Rubbish: Down the River and across the Worldp. 183
Trade Not Aid: Joining the Great Global Rummage Salep. 194
Beyond the Grave: A New Life for Joe's Old Phonep. 199
Unexpected Heroes: The Queen of Trash and Other Chinese Titans of Recyclingp. 209
E-waste: What to Do with That Old Computerp. 215
My Species and Saving the Planet
Good News from Africa: Why We Can Feed the Worldp. 231
Beyond the Clockwork Orange: Why We Can Green Our Citiesp. 240
Zero Carbon: Why We Can Halt Climate Changep. 248
Defusing the Bomb: Why We Can Halt Population Growth-and Save the Worldp. 253
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Indexp. 269
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