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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.
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.
|Publisher:||New Society Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About 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.
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
About the Author 213