Book review: Making America Green and Safe: A History of Sustainable Development and Climate Change

For over 40 years scientists and policy-makers around the world have struggled to build awareness of climate change and to motivate actions that could (a) limit emissions of global warming gases, and (b) build resilience against increasing adverse impacts. This has been the centerpiece of a larger campaign to enable “sustainable development”—creating societies that are committed to long-term prosperity, security, and environmental harmony. Dr. Alan Hecht, who recently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been an instrumental player in this decades-long campaign. His new book, “Making America Green and Safe: A History of Sustainable Development and Climate Change” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018) gives an inside account of the journey toward sustainability, and emphasizes the need for future collaboration among government, business, and civil society.

The book begins with a historical perspective on the 1960s and 1970s, when growing evidence of environmental pollution stimulated landmark U.S. legislation for clean air, clean water, and responsible management of waste. It then traces the growing international consensus, led by the United Nations, that culminated in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. An important factor in this movement was recognition by both business and government leaders that pursuit of sustainability is aligned with economic progress and has yielded beneficial innovations in energy, transportation, manufacturing, and consumer lifestyles. As Hecht explains, political opposition and competing agendas have hampered progress, and subsequent global summits in 2002 and 2012 failed to achieve binding commitments to sustainability goals. Nevertheless, he remains optimistic that wisdom will prevail.

This is a highly readable book aimed at a broad audience, filled with intriguing anecdotes from the author’s personal experiences. For students of climate change science and policy it provides a valuable reference. For concerned citizens it offers an honest and insightful overview of a critical, often misunderstood topic. The book concludes with a compelling overview of global megatrends, including not only climate change but also socioeconomic changes that represent both challenges and opportunities for sustainability.

Reviewed by:

Joseph Fiksel
Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University


Highway Engineering Australia reviews Max Lay’s new book The Harnessing of Power

Dr Maxwell Gordon Lay’s new book with Cambridge Scholars, The Harnessing of Power: How 19th Century Transport Innovators Transformed the Way the World Operates, has been reviewed in the latest issue of the widely read Australian road magazine Highway Engineering Australia:

The Harnessing of Power: How 19th Century Transport Innovators Transformed the Way the World Operates is definitely recommended reading for industry professionals, or in deed for anyone with an interest in transportation, roads or history. […] The book adopts a broad, global perspective, but initially has a strong British focus as the Revolution was a process predominantly initiated and implemented in Britain. Nevertheless, when it lost momentum, Britain began to lose its leadership. By century’s end France and south-western Germany were the dominant changemakers and the USA was appearing on the horizon […] [the book] maintains his reputation for extremely high quality, well researchedcontent which is both informative and insightful.”

The book is available to purchase directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.

Two new books by Uchenna Jerome Orji

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of two new books by Dr Uchenna Jerome Orji, International Telecommunications Law and Policy and Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria.

International Telecommunications Law and Policy discusses telecommunication regimes established by international and regional organizations such as the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union, the World Trade Organization, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Southern African Development Community, among a number of others. Since the revolution in modern telecommunications that followed the invention of the telegraph, telecommunication networks have provided channels for the fast delivery of communications across national borders. This transnational nature of telecommunication networks have led to the establishment of international regulatory regimes on the subject. The book analyses these developments, and will be relevant to policy makers, regulators, lawyers, law students, investors and telecommunication operators, as well as any person interested in international and African regional telecommunication regimes.

Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria provides an analysis of the legal and policy instruments that regulate the industry. It comprises eleven chapters that discuss the historical evolution of telecommunications and its regulation; the development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry from 1886 to 2017; the legal basis for the regulation of the industry; the licensing and duties of service providers; the regulation of network infrastructure; the protection of consumers; the regulation of competition, interconnection, universal access, and environmental protection; and the resolution of industry disputes. This book will be useful to policy makers, legislators, regulators, lawyers, law students, investors, operators, and consumers, as well as any person interested in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

To read a full summary of the books and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following links:

All Cambridge Scholars authors and contributors are entitled to a 40% discount on these titles, to claim this simply enter the author discount code on the My Order page after adding the book to your basket from the link above. For further information about the author discount, please contact In addition, Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria is available until the end of September for a cut-price £39.99.

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About the Author

Dr Uchenna Jerome Orji is an attorney admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He holds an LLB from the University of Nigeria, an LLM from the University of Ibadan, and a PhD from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law and Regulation (2012), and International Telecommunications Law and Policy (2018), in addition to over 70 peer-reviewed papers on several aspects of law. His articles have appeared in Journal of African Law; Commonwealth Law Bulletin; Computer and Telecommunications Law Review; Computer Law Review International; Defence Against Terrorism Review; International Data Privacy Law; and OPEC Energy Review, among others. He is a Fellow of the African Center for Cyber Law and Cybercrime Prevention at the UN African Institute for the Prevention of Crime, Kampala, Uganda, and has also worked as an expert for the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth and the Dutch Government.

National Maritime Day – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month we are happy to be marking National Maritime Day, which takes place in the United States on the 22nd of May each year. This commemorative day was created by Congress in 1933 to mark the American steamship Savannah’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to England in 1819, the first time a ship had ever done so powered by steam propulsion. Today, National Maritime Day marks not only this historic event, but also the continuing role played by the maritime and shipping industries in America’s security and prosperity. Continue reading

Guest blog: Robert E. Smith on breast milk and his new book Systems Thinking in Medicine and New Drug Discovery: Volume Two

As part of our observance of World Immunization Week this month, we are pleased to share a guest blog post from Robert E. Smith, taken from his newly published book Systems Thinking in Medicine and New Drug Discovery: Volume Two. Robert holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, and he has served as an Assistant Professor at Park University, USA, and as a science advisor for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 16 years. This new book is the second part of a two-volume set that explores a ‘Systems Thinking’ approach to medicine, vaccination, and immunization. Part of this second volume discusses and analyses breast milk as the only true human superfood, and it is this that Robert focuses on in this post. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home

Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp135, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home by Michael J. Dochniak.

After 4.5 billion years of change, is the planet Earth a complex and delicate ecosystem? It is well-known that some human activities may be part of a climate-change process that affects global warming. Environmental scientists continue to make substantial progress in advancing our understanding of how such activities affect climate change. Since the year 1989, hundreds of global-warming related patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This original and important book thus provides an easy-to-read summary of such patents. Within many of the summaries, there are inventor profiles and news articles that are insightful and thought-provoking. Pioneering inventors hail from many locations including Brazil, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. At the beginning of several chapters, contradictory opinions on climate change are provided in the form of quotes. Chapter Seven offers an example of a fascinating application that failed to gain US patent protection. In the final chapter, several significant climate-change issues that continue to be addressed are outlined. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction

Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp405, £87.99 / $149.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction, edited by Nicolas Debarsy, Stéphane Cordier, Cem Ertur, François Nemo, Déborah Nourrit-Lucas, Gérard Poisson and Christel Vrain.

Since human activities are embedded in interactions, they are at the very center of the modeling of any form of social life, shaping societies, groups and interpersonal relationships. All theories of social, cognitive and cultural life are thus associated with explicit or tacit models of the nature of interactions and relations. Continue reading