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In the 20th century, cheap and abundant energy brought previously unimaginable advances in health, wealth, and technology, and fed an explosion in population and consumption. But this growth came at an incredible cost. Climate change, peak oil, freshwater depletion, species extinction, and a host of economic and social problems now challenge us as never before. The Post Carbon Reader features articles by some of the world's most provocative thinkers on the key drivers shaping this new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and systems resilience. This unprecedented collection takes a hard-nosed look at the interconnected threats of our global sustainability quandary — as well as the most promising responses. The Post Carbon Reader is a valuable resource for policymakers, college classrooms, and concerned citizens.

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“A must-read for anyone who cares about how peak oil and climate change affect us all.” Transition Voice

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"For a comprehensive, integrated overview of the relationship between the human species and its planetary home circa 2010, look no further. The Post Carbon Reader is an invaluable primer, resource, and textbook. This is what you need to know — period." Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

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This diverse collection by best-selling authors, renowned scientists, and experienced activists is an engaging and practical book that will be of interest to the lay reader as well as university students in both graduate and undergraduate courses.

The expert contributors to The Post Carbon Reader were asked to unflinchingly describe the deep and interconnected sustainability crises confronting humanity in the 21st century—and then give readers concrete steps for addressing those crises.

This unprecedented collection of writings (34 essays, 4 previously published) is an honest, informed and engaging exploration of the most challenging issues of our time. It includes chapters by best-selling authors like climate activist Bill McKibben, renowned scholars like "ecological footprint" co-founder William Rees, and up-and-coming experts like urban food systems pioneer Erika Allen. Lead editor Richard Heinberg is the world's leading author of mass-market books on fossil fuel dependence and depletion. Heinberg says, "We've run out of time, natural resources and capital, so this is our only chance to get things right."

About the Author

Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow in Residence at Post Carbon Institute and the author of nine books, including The Party's Over and Peak Everything.

Daniel Lerch is the author of Post Carbon Cities.

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Susanne, September 18, 2011 (view all comments by Susanne)
An excellent reader with specific recommendations on how to be "resilient," both personally and communally, in the coming post-carbon years. Changed my thinking on our casual use of the word "sustainability." In addition to the chapters on fuel, water, and food, there is study of social sustainability, something I had never considered. Really thought-provoking work here.
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jmichaelohara, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by jmichaelohara)
The Post Carbon Reader edited by Heinberg and Lerch brings together the most cogent writings from a group of excellent authors on the central crisis of our time - how to be "sustainable" in the largest sense of the word. The various individual "leaks in our collective boat" are each in their own manner capable of sinking the boat and must all be dealt with in the context of an overall stance of improving our resiliency. We cannot predict exactly how the feedback of climate change will affect economic activity which will in turn be effected by the use of fossil fuels (and their increasing scarcity) but we can adjust policies to become more ready to handle the general trend of climate chaos, limits on resources and financial instability. I recommend this book highly to those who are grappling with these challenges already as well as to those who are less familiar with the dimensions of the challenges we face.
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kwade, January 19, 2011 (view all comments by kwade)
Excellent 'must read'!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780970950062
Author:
Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch
Publisher:
Watershed Media
Editor:
Heinberg, Richard
Editor:
Lerch, Daniel
Author:
Lerch, Daniel
Author:
Heinberg, Richard
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
523
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Review" by , “A must-read for anyone who cares about how peak oil and climate change affect us all.”
"Review" by , "For a comprehensive, integrated overview of the relationship between the human species and its planetary home circa 2010, look no further. The Post Carbon Reader is an invaluable primer, resource, and textbook. This is what you need to know — period." Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
"Synopsis" by ,
This diverse collection by best-selling authors, renowned scientists, and experienced activists is an engaging and practical book that will be of interest to the lay reader as well as university students in both graduate and undergraduate courses.

The expert contributors to The Post Carbon Reader were asked to unflinchingly describe the deep and interconnected sustainability crises confronting humanity in the 21st century—and then give readers concrete steps for addressing those crises.

This unprecedented collection of writings (34 essays, 4 previously published) is an honest, informed and engaging exploration of the most challenging issues of our time. It includes chapters by best-selling authors like climate activist Bill McKibben, renowned scholars like "ecological footprint" co-founder William Rees, and up-and-coming experts like urban food systems pioneer Erika Allen. Lead editor Richard Heinberg is the world's leading author of mass-market books on fossil fuel dependence and depletion. Heinberg says, "We've run out of time, natural resources and capital, so this is our only chance to get things right."

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