A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies

A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies

by Howard T. Odum, Elisabeth C. Odum
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0870819089

ISBN-13: 9780870819087

Pub. Date: 07/31/2008

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

Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870819087
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Edition description:
New
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
The Approaching Summit     1
Introduction to the Way Down     3
The Present Condition     13
Intellectual Views of the Future     29
System Principles     59
The Ways of Energy and Materials in All Systems     61
Pulsing and the Growth Cycle     77
Real Wealth and the Economy     91
Spatial Organization     107
Population and Wealth     123
Policies for Transition and Descent     131
The Global Network     133
Energy Sources     151
Sustaining a Nation     171
Sustaining People     183
Starting Down     195
Reorganizing Cities     209
Restoring Waters     223
Refreshing the Landscape     235
Transmitting Knowledge     251
Preparing People     269
Summary for Action     279
Notes     287
References     295
Index     305

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