Peak Everything

Peak Everything : Waking Up to the Century of Declines

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The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically. The 21st century ushered in an era of declines, including: oil, natural gas and coal extraction yearly grain harvests; climate stability; economic growth; fresh water; and, minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum. To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors and expectations. Now in paperback and featuring a new author preface and discussion guide, "Peak Everything" addresses many of the cultural, psychological and practical changes we will have to make as nature dictates our new limits. This landmark work from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on vital aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.
A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book describes how to make the transition from 'The Age of Excess' to 'The Era of Modesty' with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. "Peak Everything" is a must-read for individuals, business leaders and policy makers serious about effecting real change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 17.78mm | 369g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0865716455
  • 9780865716452
  • 345,236

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Advance praise for PEAK EVERYTHING

Richard Heinberg brings important news that few will want to hear--the limits we've been hearing about for four decades are really upon us. He also brings a pretty good hint of the directions we might take to escape the tightening knot. An important book from an important thinker -- Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

Transitioning gracefully from the Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty

A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book tells how we might make the transition from The Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements.

Richard Heinberg , author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, is an essayist of uncommon breadth. A recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, Heinberg lectures widely on oil depletion and its implications for agriculture, urban planning, and daily life.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword By James Howard Kunstler
Preface
Introduction: Peak Everything

ON TECHNOLOGY, AGRICULTURE, AND THE ARTS
1. Tools with a Life of Their Own
2. Fifty Million Farmers
3. (post-)Hydrocarbon Aesthetics

ON NATURE'S LIMITS AND THE HUMAN CONDITION
4. Five Axioms of Sustainability
5. Parrots and Peoples
6. Population, Resources, and Human Idealism

THE END OF ONE ERA, THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER
7. The Psychology of Peak Oil and Climate Change
8. Bridging Peak Oil and Climate Change Activism
9. Boomers' Last Chance?
10. A Letter From the Future
11. Talking Ourselves to Extinction

Resources for Action
Notes
Index
About the Author
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About Richard Heinberg

RICHARD HEINBERG is the author of seven previous books including The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (New Society, 2003, 2005), Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World (New Society, 2004), and The Oil Depletion Protocol (New Society, 2006). He is an educator, editor, lecturer, a Core Faculty member of new College of California's Campus for Sustainable Living, and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators.

He has also authored scores of essays and articles, which have appeared in journals such as The American Prospect , Quarterly Review , Public Policy Research , Resurgence , The Futurist , European Business Review , Earth Island Journal ; and on web sites such as GlobalPublicMedia.com , Alternet.org , EnergyBulletin.net , ProjectCensored.com , and Counterpunch.com .

In 2005, Powerdown received ForeWord magazine's Bronze Environmental Award. In 2007, The Oil Depletion Protocol won ForeWord's Gold Environmental Award as well as the Independent Publishers Book of the Year (IPPY) Bronze Award in the category of Current Events.

His books have been translated into eight languages.

Since 2002, he has given over three hundred lectures on oil depletion ("Peak Oil") to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the European Parliament. He is the recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education (2006).

Heinberg appears prominently in the documentary films 11th Hour (produced and narrated by Leonardo diCaprio, 2007); Asleep in America (2007); The History Channel's Megadisasters series, episode on Peak Oil (2007); What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire (2007); Escape from Suburbia (2007); Crude Impact (2006); the nationally televised PBS documentary Ripe for Change (2006); The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006); and The End of Suburbia (2004). He is currently working with Discovery Channel on the upcoming sustainability series, Final Hour .
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