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Read online The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth i The Land Grabbers i is a first of its kind expos that reveals the unprecedented land grab taking place around the world Fearing future food shortages and the over financialization of the stock market the world s richest countries corporations hedge funds and individuals have spent the last few years buying and leasing vast swaths of foreign soil including parcels as large as the state of Massachusetts From the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America author Fred Pearce has traveled the globe to investigate the full scale and effects of the land grab resulting in a larger than life cast of characters that includes Wall Street speculators Gulf oil sheiks Chinese entrepreneurs big name financiers like George Soros and industry titans like Richard Branson Along the way Pearce introduces us to the people who actually live on and live off of the supposedly vacant land that is being grabbed from Cambodian peasants victimized first by the Khmer Rouge and now by crony capitalism to African pastoralists confined to ever smaller tracts Corporate and governmental promises about the benefits of development Pearce shows us are often illusory masking environmental and social destruction and the massive transfer of wealth out of host countries This is investigative journalism at its best taking the reader beyond the abstract claims in corporate reports to shed light on the human realities that underlie the land gra by Fred Pearce

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The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth
Title:The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth
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Number of Pages:400
Category:Non fiction, Politics, Environment, Society, Social justice, History
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i stunning before and after photographs that show the staggering transformation of our world i br br b Earth Then and Now b records the dramatic way our planet has changed over the past century On one page is a specific part of the world as it was or even years ago On the facing page is the same place as it looks today Each stark visual comparison tells a compelling story a melting glacier an expanding desert an encroaching cityscape a natural disaster br br b Earth Then and Now b reminds us that nothing is without a cost Highly topical and thought provoking chapters in this book include br br br br i Environmental change i Bearing witness to the effects of global warming br i Industrialization i Revealing the hidden costs of progress br i Urbanization i Showing the effects of our spreading cities br i Natural disasters i Reminding us of the power of nature br i War i Using comparisons to show the impact of armed conflict br i Travel and tourism i Illustrating the predatory nature of development Concise captions explain the facts and then allow the reader to draw personal conclusions Anyone concerned about the environment will enjoy and appreciate b Earth Then and Now b, Big ideas made simple six books in an incredible new series that explains important scientific ideas more clearly than ever before Climate change resulting from an increase in greenhouse gases is perhaps the greatest threat to our planet s future Here Fred Pearce examines the causes and dramatic effects and what can be done to remedy the situation before it s too late This stimulating new series uses an innovative mix of graphics artwork and photographs to explain and illuminate the most important scientific topics of the day Unique in popular science guides Essential Science uses bright full color images to make traditionally difficult subjects more accessible Each title focuses on a scientific or technological topic that is currently provoking debate and is likely to have a widespread impact on our lives Lively readable text from top science writers ensures all readers from schoolchildren to academics gain a full understanding of the facts and related issues Under the direction of renowned science writer John Gribbin expert authors describe in lively jargon free text the principles and discoveries behind each subject summarize what is currently known and predict future issues and trends, b Named one of the best books of by i The Economist i br br A provocative exploration of the new ecology and why most of what we think we know about alien species is wrong b br br For a long time veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine natural ecosystems Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view But what if the traditional view of ecology is wrong what if true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders br br In i The New Wild i Pearce goes on a journey across six continents to rediscover what conservation in the twenty first century should be about Pearce explores ecosystems from remote Pacific islands to the United Kingdom from San Francisco Bay to the Great Lakes as he digs into questionable estimates of the cost of invader species and reveals the outdated intellectual sources of our ideas about the balance of nature Pearce acknowledges that there are horror stories about alien species disrupting ecosystems but most of the time the tens of thousands of introduced species usually swiftly die out or settle down and become model eco citizens The case for keeping out alien species he finds looks increasingly flawed br br As Pearce argues mainstream environmentalists are right that we need a rewilding of the earth but they are wrong if they imagine that we can achieve that by reengineering ecosystems Humans have changed the planet too much and nature never goes backward But a growing group of scientists is taking a fresh look at how species interact in the wild According to these new ecologists we should applaud the dynamism of alien species and the novel ecosystems they create br br In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage it is absolutely crucial that we find ways to help nature regenerate Embracing the new ecology Pearce shows us is our best chance To be an environmentalist in the twenty first century means celebrating nature s wildness and capacity for change, Where does everything in our daily lives come from The clothes on our backs the computers on our desks the cabinets in our kitchens and the food behind their doors Under what conditions environmental and social are they harvested or manufactured Veteran science journalist Fred Pearce set off to find out and the resulting mile journey took him to the end of his street and across the planet to more than twenty countries br br Pearce deftly shows us the hidden worlds that sustain a Western lifestyle and he does it by examining the sources of everything in his own life as an ordinary citizen of the Western world he like all of us is an eco sinner br br In i Confessions of an Eco Sinner i Pearce surveys his home and then launches on a global tour to track down among other things the Tanzanians who grow and harvest his fair trade coffee which isn t as fair as one might hope the Central American plantations that grow his daily banana a treat that may disappear forever the women in the Bangladeshi sweatshops who sew his jeans the Chinese factory cities where the world s computers are made and the African afterlife for old cell phones It s a fascinating portrait by turns sobering and hopeful of the effects the world s more than billion inhabitants all eating consuming making have on our planet and of the working and living conditions of the people who produce most of these goods