Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines

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The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically.

The twenty-first century ...

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Overview

The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically.

The twenty-first century ushered in an era of declines, including:

  • Oil, natural gas, and coal extraction
  • Yearly grain harvests
  • Climate stability
  • Economic growth
  • Fresh water
  • Minerals and ores such as copper and platinum

To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors, and expectations.

Now in paperback and featuring a new author preface and discussion guide, Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature dictates our new limits. This landmark book from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on the vital aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book describes how to make the transition from The Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. Peak Everything is a must-read for individuals, business leaders, and policy makers serious about effecting real change.

Richard Heinberg is a journalist, lecturer, senior fellow-in-residence at the Post Carbon Institute, and the author of nine books, including Blackout and The Party’s Over. He is one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716452
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,415,165
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Richard Heinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist, editor, lecturer, and Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, he is the award-winning author of seven previous books including Peak Everything, The Party's Over, and Powerdown. Richard has appeared in many documentaries (including The 11th Hour) and national radio and television programs.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Peak Everything     1
On Technology, Agriculture, and the Arts
Tools with a Life of Their Own     31
Fifty Million Farmers     47
(post-) Hydrocarbon Aesthetics     67
On Nature's Limits and the Human Condition
Five Axioms of Sustainability     85
Parrots and Peoples     97
Population, Resources, and Human Idealism     113
The End of One Era, the Beginning of Another
The Psychology of Peak Oil and Climate Change     127
Bridging Peak Oil and Climate Change Activism     141
Boomers' Last Chance?     159
A Letter From the Future     173
Talking Ourselves to Extinction     185
Resources for Action     199
Notes     201
Index     207
About the Author     213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

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    I think Mr. Heinberg threw together anything he's written lately to create a hodgepodge of a book. I loved that film also, but what do the parrots of Telegraph Hill have to do with peak everything? His aesthetic judgments are dubious. I love the 'Arts and Crafts' style objects also, but there is no reason to think that the products of a return to handcrafts would resemble them. The first creations would likely be strictly utilitarian. As people develop more skill and have more leisure, their creations are as likely to be colorful and ornate as spare and elegant. Think Guatemalan busses, think New York City graffiti, we're talking popular art here. The result will quite likely not be to Mr. Heinberg's refined taste. I do not share his professed disdain for the products of modern industrial design, and I love indigenous and 'outsider art', as well. I think the entire discussion is pretty much irrelevant to 'peak everything'.

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