A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies

A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies

by Howard T. Odum, Elisabeth C. Odum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870819089

ISBN-13: 9780870819087

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

A Prosperous Way Down (2001), the last book by Howard T. and Elisabeth C. Odum, has shaped politics and planning as nations, states, and localities begin the search for ways to adapt to a future with vastly increased competition for energy.

A Prosperous Way Down considers ways in which a future with less fossil fuel could be peaceful and prosperous.

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A Prosperous Way Down (2001), the last book by Howard T. and Elisabeth C. Odum, has shaped politics and planning as nations, states, and localities begin the search for ways to adapt to a future with vastly increased competition for energy.

A Prosperous Way Down considers ways in which a future with less fossil fuel could be peaceful and prosperous. Although history records the collapse of countless civilizations, some societies and ecosystems have managed to descend in orderly stages, reducing demands and selecting and saving what is most important.

The authors make recommendations for a more equitable and cooperative world society, with specific suggestions based on their evaluations of trends in global population, wealth distribution, energy sources, conservation, urban development, capitalism and international trade, information technology, and education.

Available for the first time in paperback, this thoughtful, provocative book forces us to confront assumptions about our world 's future and provides both a steadying hand and a call to action with its pragmatic analysis of a global transition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870819087
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
New
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Approaching Summit1
1Introduction to the Way Down3
2The Present Condition13
3Intellectual Views of the Future29
Pt. IISystem Principles59
4The Ways of Energy and Materials in All Systems61
5Pulsing and the Growth Cycle77
6Real Wealth and the Economy91
7Spatial Organization107
8Population and Wealth123
Pt. IIIPolicies for Transition and Descent131
9The Global Network133
10Energy Sources151
11Sustaining a Nation171
12Sustaining People183
13Starting Down195
14Reorganizing Cities209
15Restoring Waters223
16Refreshing the Landscape235
17Transmitting Knowledge251
18Preparing People269
19Summary for Action279
Notes287
References295
Index305

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