Our Precarious Earth and Its Biosphere


(5th Edition)

A set of Essays Professing Population Reduction
for Earth Preservation

By Milton H. Saier, Jr.




Edited by Allison Ford
Designed by Mary Beth Hiller
Poetry by Allison Ford


Milton H. Saier, Jr.
Division of Biological Sciences
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0116, USA
Phone: 858-534-4084
Fax: 858-534-7108
E-mail: msaier@ucsd.edu

Website: http://www-biology.ucsd.edu/~msaier/earthessays/
PREP website: http://acs.ucsd.edu/~prep




Dedication and Acknowledgments

Forward


TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. The Greatest Problem Facing Mankind

2. The Rise and Fall of Civilizations

3. The Human Animal

4. An Inexhaustible Supply

5. Marine Statistics

6. The Sea of Cortez

7. Species Extinction

8. Amphibians Going Under

9. Tropical Rainforests: The Brazilian Amazon

10. Pollution

11. The Ozone Shield

12. Our Precarious Planet

13. Glaciers on Thin Ice

14. The Fire Next Time?

15. The Universe

16. A Visit to Berkeley

17. Putting Things in Perspective

18. Denial

19. Garrett Hardin

20. Natural

21. Three Billion Baby Machines

22. Social Reinforcement

23. A Modest Proposal

24. Propaganda

25. The Love Potion and its Antidote

26. Jeremiah

27. Life and Death

28. Life's Ultimate Choice

29. International Birth Limitation

30. Our California Schools

31. Confrontational Politics

32. The Football Game

33. The Next Guy

34. Changing the Rules

35. On Being Human

36. Social Pigs

37. Faith

38. The Choice of Enlightenment

39. God, Country and Family

40. Myth and Religion

41. Knowing God

42. A New Value System

43. Humanism

44. The Democratic Dilemma

45. An Xmas Letter

46. The Grinch Who Stole the White House

47. Burning Questions: A Letter to President Bush

48. The Truth as Our Allies See It

49. Responses