Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines [NOOK Book]

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During the 20th century, our population grew dramatically and shifted from rural to urban, creating unprecedented energy consumption, food production, and dramatic environmental impacts. The 21st century ushered in a new era of declines in a number of crucial areas: Global oil, natural gas and coal extraction, Availability of fresh water, Yearly grain harvests, Economic growth, Extraction rates for minerals and ores, Climate stability.

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Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines

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Overview

During the 20th century, our population grew dramatically and shifted from rural to urban, creating unprecedented energy consumption, food production, and dramatic environmental impacts. The 21st century ushered in a new era of declines in a number of crucial areas: Global oil, natural gas and coal extraction, Availability of fresh water, Yearly grain harvests, Economic growth, Extraction rates for minerals and ores, Climate stability.

Peak Everything addresses the personal, psychological, and cultural challenges we face as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on peak oil, offers a thought-provoking combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design. A must-read for individuals, business leaders, and policy makers who are serious about effecting real change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550924695
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


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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