Juggernaut: Growth on a Finite Planet

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Lindsey Grant examines the human condition as population and consumption levels approach the edges of the Earth's ability to support them. The book is a unique synopsis of the interactions among population, food production, the energy transition, air pollution and climate change, technology, trade policies, productivity and unemployment. It describes the different ways that the current population explosion plays out in the poorest countries, the "emerging" countries and the old industrial nations - and shows how ...
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Overview

Lindsey Grant examines the human condition as population and consumption levels approach the edges of the Earth's ability to support them. The book is a unique synopsis of the interactions among population, food production, the energy transition, air pollution and climate change, technology, trade policies, productivity and unemployment. It describes the different ways that the current population explosion plays out in the poorest countries, the "emerging" countries and the old industrial nations - and shows how they will shape each other's future. It relates that growth to U.S. policies on foreign affairs, agriculture, trade, immigration, unemployment and health care, and proposes some specific changes in thinking and policies.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780929765518
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

The Author
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Tectonic Forces 5
Ch. 1 Population: The Unique Century 7
Ch. 2 The Prospects for Food 17
Ch. 3 The Energy Transition 45
Ch. 4 Doomsday Scenarios: Energy, Pollution and Climate 56
Ch. 5 Technology: Deus ex Machina? 78
Ch. 6 A Conserving State of Mind 92
Pt. II Interlocked Consequences: A Darkening Century 101
Ch. 7 Diverging Futures 103
Ch. 8 One World, Like It or Not 132
Pt. III The United States: Issues, Temporizations, Solutions 155
Ch. 9 U.S. Population Growth: An Accidental Future 157
Ch. 10 Living with the Land 163
Ch. 11 The Collapsing Society 173
Ch. 12 Population and Policy 184
Ch. 13 The Population Solution 203
Ch. 14 The War of the Paradigms 217
Ch. 15 Of Tigers, Ants and People 226
Ch. 16 Multiple Agendas and the Population Taboo 237
Ch. 17 The Failure of Leadership 251
Ch. 18 Creating a Consensus 264
Conclusion. A Somber Optimism 280
Notes on Sources 284
Geographical Conventions 285
Notes 287
Glossary of Acronyms 302
Index 304
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