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 prognosis: the various earth's ecosystems and billions of its everyone is in danger from the results of emerging intake. items starting from autos to hamburgers supply conveniences and pleasures; yet, as Peter Dauvergne makes transparent, worldwide political and fiscal tactics displace the genuine expenditures of shopper items into far away ecosystems, groups, and timelines, tipping into problem humans and areas with out the facility to withstand. In The Shadows of Consumption, Peter Dauvergne maps the prices of intake that stay hidden within the shadows forged via globalized organizations, exchange, and finance. Dauvergne strains the environmental results of 5 commodities: vehicles, fuel, fridges, red meat, and harp seals. In those attention-grabbing histories we examine, for instance, that American officers neglected warnings concerning the hazards of lead in gas within the Nineteen Twenties; why China is now a number one manufacturer of CFC-free fridges; and the way activists have been capable of cease Canada's advertisement seal hunt within the Eighties (but are not able to take action now). Dauvergne's cutting edge research permits us to work out why such a lot of efforts to regulate the worldwide surroundings are failing at the same time environmentalism is slowly strengthening. He proposes a tenet of "balanced intake" for either shoppers and companies. we all know that we will be able to sort things by way of using a high-mileage automobile, consuming in the community grown nutrition, 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 may be reforms within the international political economic climate to minimize the inequalities of intake and proper the imbalance among growing to be economies and environmental sustainability.

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