February 26, 2017

Industrialisation

Hell on Earth: mankind and the environment

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Humanity has transformed the planet almost unrecognisably. Now we talk of re-engineering ourselves to fit. Edward Goldsmith wonders how we can miss the point so dramatically. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 30 No. 7, October 2000. An extended, unpublished version if this article is also available, entitled “Can humanity adapt to the world that science […]

The fight must go on

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Goldsmith looks back to the Blueprint for Survival, published in 1972 to coincide with the Stockholm Environment Summit (the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment), and finds that the core messages have only become more relevant and pressing with the passing of time. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 30 No. 5, July/August 2000. When […]

Misguided investment

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Book Review: Developing Electric Power – thirty years of World Bank experience, by Hugh Collier. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1984. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 14 No. 3, June/July 1984. This book was produced for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in other words the World Bank. Its most striking feature is […]

The loss of land and water to industry and urbanisation

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Published as Chapter 14 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » Introduction If setting up plantations is one means of obtaining the foreign exchange deemed necessary […]

The future of an affluent society – the case of Canada (Part One)

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This article examines in depth how even Canada, a vast country blessed with abundant resources and with a relatively small population, is far from immune to the problems arising from industrialism and its associated social and economic disruption. It was published in The Ecologist vol. 7 no. 5, June 1977. See also Part Two and […]

The future of an affluent society – the case of Canada (Part Two)

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This article examines in depth how even Canada, a vast country blessed with abundant resources and with a relatively small population, is far from immune to the problems arising from industrialism and its associated social and economic disruption. It was published in The Ecologist vol. 7 no. 5, June 1977. See also Part One and […]

The future of an affluent society – the case of Canada (Part Three)

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This article examines in depth how even Canada, a vast country blessed with abundant resources and with a realtively small population, is far from immune to the problems arising from industrialism and its associated social and economic disruption. It was published in The Ecologist vol. 7 no. 5, June 1977. See also Part One and […]

Chickenowski’s chicken

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 1 No. 15, September 1971. Republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. An announcement has rocked the business world and provided yet further proof of the infinite capacities of modern technology. Professor Milton K. Chickenowski of Nuneaton University has […]