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Resource Illiteracy

Resource Illiteracy Darryl D'Monte The Bad Earth: Environmental Degradation in China by Vaclav Smil; Zed Press, 1984; price not mentioned. JUST as the Soviet Union earned itself the euphoria of the liberal-intellectual world after staging the first political revolution ("I've wen the future end it works!"), so too does the progress made by China in protecting its natural environment meet with uncritical applause The admirers cover a wide spectrum: from the late Barbara Ward, the guiding spirit of the 'environment and development' movement, to the socialist Francis Sandbach, author of "Environment, Ideology and Policy" (Blackwell, 1980; reviewed in these columns by Ramchandra Guha in the issue of December 25, 1982).

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