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Extreme Environment by Ivo Vegter

Extreme Environment by Ivo Vegter

Taken from the review done by Environment, People and Conservation in Africa magazine.

In a nutshell, Vegter argues that in many cases exaggeration by environmental activists, journalists, and even scientists, about the severity and impact of a wide variety of human activities, results in misinformation that causes unnecessary fear and anxiety in the minds of ordinary people, and results in ill-considered regulation and policymaking by misguided bureaucrats. He backs his arguments with examples from the fracking debate, the Fukushima nuclear incident, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, food additives, agricultural chemicals and global warming. Careful analysis of these issues reveals many examples of deliberate exaggeration and manipulation of facts by numerous self-interested groups and individuals.

The chapters have comprehensive end notes and there is a long list of useful references. Vegter is a hard-working writer who has read and researched widely to reach his conclusions.

Click here to download the full PDF review.

About the book:

Extreme Environment promises to provoke fresh – and spirited – debate about the modern environmental movement and the many ways in which environmentalism, media, economics, public policy and the politics of liberty intersect.

In order to reduce poverty and continue to raise living standards, a sensible, balanced approach to a healthy, productive environment is required. No country, but especially not those in the developing world, can afford to be manipulated by the self-interested moralising and alarmism perpetrated by some special interest groups.

Click here for more on Extreme Environment.


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