The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press)

The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press)

Peter Dauvergne


The Shadows of Consumption offers a hard-hitting analysis: a few of the earth's ecosystems and billions of its individuals are in danger from the implications of emerging intake. items starting from automobiles to hamburgers provide conveniences and pleasures; yet, as Peter Dauvergne makes transparent, international political and fiscal tactics displace the true expenditures of purchaser items into far-off ecosystems, groups, and timelines, tipping into problem humans and locations with out the ability to withstand. In The Shadows of Consumption, Peter Dauvergne maps the prices of intake that stay hidden within the shadows solid by way of globalized companies, exchange, and finance. Dauvergne strains the environmental effects of 5 commodities: cars, gas, fridges, red meat, and harp seals. In those attention-grabbing histories we study, for instance, that American officers neglected warnings in regards to the risks of lead in fuel within the Twenties; why China is now a number one manufacturer of CFC-free fridges; and the way activists have been in a position to cease Canada's advertisement seal hunt within the Nineteen Eighties (but are not able to take action now). Dauvergne's leading edge research permits us to work out why such a lot of efforts to control the worldwide setting are failing whilst environmentalism is slowly strengthening. He proposes a guideline of "balanced intake" for either shoppers and firms. we all know that we will be able to fix things by means of riding a high-mileage automobile, consuming in the community grown meals, and purchasing energy-efficient home equipment; yet those advancements are incremental, neighborhood, and inadequate. extra an important than our person efforts to reuse and recycle should be reforms within the international political economic climate to lessen the inequalities of intake and proper the imbalance among starting to be economies and environmental sustainability.

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