The Post Carbon Reader

The Post Carbon Reader : Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises

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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."
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  • Paperback | 523 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 32.26mm | 709g
  • Boonville, United States
  • English
  • 0970950063
  • 9780970950062
  • 205,872

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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"
"The one thing certain about the 21st century is that it will be an era filled with colossal changes: shifting ecosystems, a billion more humans on the planet, at least 2 degrees of climate change, and the displacement of tens if not hundreds of millions of people during that period. "The Post Carbon Reader" offers an important overview of these changes and a plethora of ideas of how we can cope with them: from strengthening community colleges and planning resilient towns to relocalizing agriculture and creating your own personal preparation strategy (never a bad idea). With many leading sustainability thinkers peppering the pages of this tome and providing many valuable insights, "The Post Carbon Reader" is definitely worth the read."--Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute and Project Director of "State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism To Sustainability"
"This is one of the best readers that I have seen in my 48 years as a university professor. The articles were well-written, up to date, and contained some extremely valuable information. I suggested to the students that they keep the book for future reference, instead of selling it back to the bookstore at the end of the semester. I plan to use it again next year when I teach Environmental Sociology."--Al Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska
"I use various portions of "The Post Carbon Reader" in all my classes, and I reference it in my public presentations. I also note to all my undergrads doing senior projects, and graduate and doctoral students, that they need to read "The Post Carbon Reader""-- Bob Scarfo, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Spokane
"I used quite a few chapters from "The Post Carbon Reader." I very much appreciate its forward-thinking orientation as students in Environmental Studies classes too often get overwhelmed with all the facts about how we've messed up the environment. The Reader allows students to see that there are visionary thinkers trying not only to construct blueprints of what a post-carbon society might look like, but also the roadmaps for how to get there. I'll definitely use it again."-- Stephen Zavestoski, Associate Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of San Francisco
"A terrific collection of essays. Definitely on my 'highly recommended' book list."-- Karen Litfin, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle
"I've used the book with students, as it's simply the best single-volume reader that offers both background and cutting-edge thinking about issues that are crucial to the future of civilization."-- Eric Zencey, Visiting Associate Professor of Historical and Political Studies at SUNY Empire State College
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"A must-read for anyone who cares about how peak oil and climate change affect us all."--Transition Voice "Unlike other books that may be easily filed under 'Gloom and Doom,' authors ... made sure to explore positive paths laden with solution examples."--Green Flow "This clearly understandable work is a good sustainable development resource, useful for environmental policy collections."--Choice
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About Richard Heinberg

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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