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Micro View of Rural Poverty

of nuclear power, and the British agreeing to international control on chlorofluoro- carbons (CFCs) causing the 'hole' in the ozone layer only when the ICI had developed substitutes. The latest international convention on export of toxic wastes has still to be ratified, being studied for implications by the European and other industrial countries' governments, and is no guarantee of a check on transport across the seas and dumping in the third world. The growing environmental consciousness in the industrial world is not only constantly digressed into possibilities of technological alternatives solving this or that problem in isolation, rejecting a holistic approach, but also the emphasis is diluted by diverting attention into presenting the problem as an all-world phenomenon. The author also falls into this trap in calling for a wholesale reversal of the modern technological trends (p 233). Such a reversal appears to be urgent for the industrial world, but any success may be possible only when popular consciousness is really roused and becomes effective against the constantly promoted all round wasteful consumption. However, the production forces of modern technology cannot be denigrated in the countries of wide disparities and with the vast majority being poor. There it needs to be appropriately used for providing the basic needs and comforts for the whole community.

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