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The scourge of plastic has poisoned our environment and damaged our health. In this timely book, Albert Bates takes a critical look at the magnitude of this ubiquitous problem, and explains that what is needed is mandatory economic and industrial changes so that recycled, bio-sourced, and biodegradable plastic become more cost-effective than plastic made from fossil fuels. He also explores current worldwide efforts for stronger regulations and better waste management, along with exciting new biological and man-made technologies for improved plastics disposal and viable alternatives . Packed with anecdotes and tips for living with less plastic, it is clearly defined that if we take real action now there is the potential of hope.
Albert Bates is the author of 18 books on climate, history, and ecology, including Carbon Cascades (2019), The Paris Agreement (2015), and The Biochar Solution (2010). His book Climate in Crisis (1990) was among the first to call attention to global warming. He is the founder and director of the Global Village Institute for AppropriateTechnology (gvix.org).