Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book: The Post Carbon Reader

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

Edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch
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.

Table of Contents

Preface Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch, Editors
Foreword Asher Miller

Part I - Introduction
1. Foundation Concepts
  • Richard Heinberg: "Beyond the Limits to Growth"
  • Richard Heinberg: "What is Sustainability?"
  • Bill Rees, "Thinking 'Resilience'"
Part II - Planet
2. Climate
  • Bill McKibben, selection from Eaarth
  • Richard Douthwaite, "The international response to climate change "
  • Mark Sandler, SIDEBAR: "Cap and Dividend in the U.S."
  • David Orr, selection from Down to the Wire
3. Water
  • Sandra Postel, "Water: Adapting to a new normal"
4. Biodiversity
  • Stephanie Mills, "Peak Nature?"
Part III - Civilization
5. Food
  • Michael Bomford, "Energy and the food system"
  • Wes Jackson, transcript from 1/25/10 presentation at Univ. of California - Berkeley
  • Erika Allen, transcript from 1/24/10 conversation: "Growing community food systems"
6. Population
  • Bill Ryerson, "Population: The Multiplier of Everything Else"
7. Culture & behavior
  • Peter Whybrow, "Dangerously Addictive"
  • Gloria Flora, "Remapping Relationships: Humans in nature"
  • Bill Rees, "The Human Nature of Unsustainability"
Part IV - Modern Society
8. Energy
  • Daniel Lerch, selection from Post Carbon Cities
  • David Hughes, "Hydrocarbons in North America"
  • David Fridley, "Nine Challenges of Alternative Energy"
  • Tom Whipple, "Peak Oil and the Economy"
9. Economy
  • Josh Farley, "Ecological Economics"
  • Richard Douthwaite, SIDEBAR: "Money and Energy"
  • Michael Shuman, "The Competitiveness of Local Living Economies"
10. Cities, towns, and suburbs
  • Warren Karlenzig, "The Death of Sprawl"
  • Deborah Popper and Frank Popper, "Smart Decline in Post-Carbon Cities"
  • Hillary Brown, "Buildings"
  • John Kaufmann "Local Government in a time of Peak Oil and Climate Change"
11. Transportation
  • Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl, "Post-carbon mobility"
12. Waste
  • Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman, "Climate Change, Peak Oil and the End of Waste"
13. Health
  • Cindy Parker and Brian Schwartz, "Human Health and Well-Being in an Era of Energy Scarcity and Climate Change"
14. Education
  • Zenobia Barlow and Michael Stone, "Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability"
  • Nancy Lee Wood, "Community Colleges"
Part V - Next Steps
15. Building resilience
  • Chris Martenson, "Personal preparation"
  • Rob Hopkins "Transitioning community"
16. Vision for a post-carbon century
  • Asher Miller, "What Now? The Path Forward Begins with One Step"

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