A Nation on Edge
Author: John R. Nolon
Publisher: Environmental Law Institute
America builds on the edge of disaster prone areas on seashores and rivers, next to highly flammable forests, and in valuable wetlands. The property rights and the investment-backed expectations of land owners stand as key hurdles to the use of government regulation to mitigate disasters. While the integration of the natural and built environments is the leitmotif of modern planning philosophy, this causes tremendous tension when trying to reduce the economic, social, and human toll of natural disasters. The challenge of public policy is not to decry these cultural and political realities, but to draw upon them and also to challenge them in the service of sensible environmental regulation. Losing Ground: A Nation on Edge calls attention to the emerging issues involved in building on the edge of vulnerable places, explores why we do this, and proposes ways to mitigate its impact. This volume contains creative thinking and informative analysis about new approaches to ecosystem management and environmental regulation that localities and states can implement to protect the environment, society, and property rights. This book proudly joins ELI s Ground Suite the original critically acclaimed suite of books on land use and environmental law by Professor John Nolon. Show more Show less
American Social Policy, 1950-1980, 10th Anniversary Edition
Author: Charles Murray
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
This classic book serves as a starting point for any serious discussion of welfare reform. Losing Ground argues that the ambitious social programs of the1960s and 1970s actually made matters worse for its supposed beneficiaries, the poor and minorities. Charles Murray startled readers by recommending that we abolish welfare reform, but his position launched a debate culminating in President Clinton's proposal “to end welfare as we know it.”
Declining Medi-Cal Enrollment After Welfare Reform
Author: Molly O'Shaughnessey
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
The 1996 fed. welfare law de-linked eligibility for Medicaid (Medi-Cal in Calif.) from the receipt of cash assist. Congress required states to provide Medicaid coverage to recipients of state programs funded under the Temporary Assist. for Needy Families block grant, as well as any individuals who would have been eligible for AFDC, the former cash assist. program. Individuals no longer need to receive cash assist. in order to qualify for Medi-Cal. This paper examines Medi-Cal enrollment trends in light of the substantial drop in welfare caseloads in recent years. While the number of persons receiving non-cash-related Medi-Cal has increased substantially, the gain is less than the number of persons who lost Medi-Cal coverage when they left cash assist.
Author: Lorraine Carey
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
It is so very hard to believe that it would take some forty years to finally realize what I am and the gifts that I possess. I guess deep down I always knew I had some innate wisdom and so did my mother, but never had to time to develop it. In Losing Ground, a true story of one very gifted intuitive, you will read my journey that encompasses one of Divine Guidance while on a path of self-destruction, visions, visits from ghosts, angels, messages from the other side along with tragedy that bring me to a spiritual awakening where I had finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I will say that some Divine Power has guided me in every way to tell my story. I cannot believe it myself to find out how two jobless people go from grief and despair to mysteriously being led to live on a beautiful island in the Caribbean. Losing Ground is a moving and very motivational novel, one which will appeal to those enjoying New Age and Spirituality genre. It will bring tears and a bit of humor to adult readers, in a time in which the world is in such a state of hopelessness and despair, letting people know that life can be far from normal. You will be kept on edge to see how one woman’s life pattern keeps repeating with hidden messages to read on to encounter a master plan for her. Readers will find solace and can relate to similar situations and know that we are steadily moving toward a destination with a purpose-and one with such a powerful intent. Since my recent move to paradise with my husband I had hoped things would settle down. Well, let’s just say the mysterious occurrences still continue which has led me to begin the sequel, On Island-Eyes Wide Open. I believe readers will want to continue on to see how my life of mystical events takes an even more bizarre twist!
Environmental Stress and World Food Prospects
Author: Erik P. Eckholm
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Category: Political Science
Current discussion of the environmental crisis often centers on the pollution problems of the industrial world. The author calls for massive tree-planting campaigns, agricultural reforms to benefit peasant farmers, and a slowdown in world population growth. He predicts that, unless there is a major shift in global political priorities, a third of mankind will become mired in hopeless destitution, a tragedy with ominous implications for world order.
The Case of Paraguay
Author: Albert Berry
Category: Business & Economics
Most developing countries face significant and sometimes dramatic challenges in generating stable jobs that provide reasonable incomes and decent working conditions. For developing countries that have undergone lengthy periods of economic stagnation, these challenges are especially acute, and popular dissatisfaction correspondingly marked.Paraguay is a case in point. It is unlikely that any "employment policy" could lead to a major improvement in the quality of labor market outcomes unless designed and implemented in a sophisticated and coherent way. Such an approach has been infrequent in developing countries in general, and especially so in those that, like Paraguay, also suffer severe institutional weaknesses of governance. Paraguay's past failure in employment creation is mainly the result of a number of structural weaknesses described in this volume. Its current crisis is also the accumulated legacy of over a quarter century of economic stagnation and political failure fl owing from those weaknesses. The new reformist administration of President Fernando Lugo has raised hopes that the future might be better than the past.This study aims to contribute to improved policy making by analyzing the source of the problems and providing policy recommendations. The chapters describe the potential contribution of various policy areas in the face of a dauntingly negative track record and identify a number of steps that have to be taken if success is to be achieved. They put into perspective the reforms that have been undertaken to date by the country's previous administration.Paraguay's experience offers insight into the problems faced by other developing countries in today's global economy. The central message is that policy improvements must be made in a number of areas and implemented in a coordinated fashion for there to be any reasonable hope of success.
American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century
Author: Mark Dowie
Publisher: MIT Press
The journalist who broke the stories on the Dalkon shield and Ford Pinto offers a critique of the mainstream American environmental movement, from its conservationist origins to the advent of the "fourth wave" of today's environmentalists. UP.
Author: Catherine Aird
Publisher: Allison & Busby
The dramatic theft of an 18th Century painting is discovered just moments before the old manor house uniquely depicted in the background of the portrait is set alight, coincidence? Does the reputation of the Baronet, the subject of the painting, as a hell-raiser and member of the Crustacean club have any connection to the fire? Events become decidedly more complex as a grisly spectacle is sighted in the blazing inferno moments before the roof collapses... Detective Inspector Sloan and Detective Constable Crosby are soon on the case and find themselves piecing together a puzzle that has its roots deep in the town's history.
Identity and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana
Author: David M. Burley
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
What is it like to lose your front porch to the ocean? To watch saltwater destroy your favorite fishing holes? To see playgrounds and churches subside and succumb to brackish and rising water? The residents of coastal Louisiana know. For them hurricanes are but exclamation points in an incessant loss of coastal land now estimated to occur at a rate of at least twenty-four square miles per year. In Losing Ground, coastal Louisianans communicate the significance of place and environment. During interviews taken just before the 2005 hurricanes, they send out a plea to alleviate the damage. They speak with an urgency that exemplifies a fear of losing not just property and familiar surroundings, but their identity as well. People along Louisiana's southeastern coast hold a deep attachment to place, and this shows in the urgency of the narratives David M. Burley collects here. The meanings that residents attribute to coastal land loss reflect a tenuous and uprooted sense of self. The process of coastal land loss and all of its social components, from the familial to the political, impacts these residents' concepts of history and the future. Burley updates many of his subjects' narratives to reveal what has happened in the wake of the back-to-back disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
agricultural policy and the decline of the American farm
Author: Hugh Ulrich
Publisher: Chicago Review Pr
Category: Technology & Engineering
A distinguished agricultural expert offers a thorough examination of the current American farm crisis and its direct relationship to national food policies of the 1970s and 1980s