Green Intelligence - Wargo, John - Yale University Press
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Green Intelligence

Creating Environments That Protect Human Health

  • John Wargo
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Out of Print.

Named a favorite Science Book of 2009 by Scientific American

Selected by 800-CEO-READ as one of the Best Books of 2009 in the "Big Ideas" category

Finalist of the 2009 Book of the Year Award, presented by ForeWord magazine

Received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Green Book Festival Awards in the Scientific category

Gold Medal winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category

A finalist in the category of Nonfiction for the 2010 Connecticut Book Award, given by the Connecticut Center for the Book

Click here to listen to John Wargo interviewed on NPR's Living on Earth.

We live in a world awash in manmade chemicals, from the pesticides on our front lawns to the diesel exhaust in the air we breathe. Although experts are beginning to understand the potential dangers of these substances, there are still more than 80,000 synthetic compounds that have not been sufficiently tested to interpret their effects on human health. Yale University professor John Wargo has spent much of his career researching the impact of chemical exposures on women and children. In this book, he explains the origins of society’s profound misunderstanding of everyday chemical hazards and offers a practical path toward developing greater “green intelligence.”

Despite the rising trend in environmental awareness, information about synthetic substances is often unavailable, distorted, kept secret, or presented in a way that prevents citizens from acting to reduce threats to their health and the environment. By examining the histories of five hazardous technologies and practices, Wargo finds remarkable patterns in the delayed discovery of dangers and explains the governments’ failures to manage them effectively. Sobering yet eminently readable, Wargo’s book ultimately offers a clear vision for a safer future through prevention, transparency, and awareness.

John Wargo is professor of environmental policy, risk analysis, and political science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Department of Political Science at Yale University. The author of Our Children’s Toxic Legacy, he has been an adviser to Vice President Al Gore, the U.S. Congress, the U.N. World Health Organization, and other institutions.