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

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  • Copyright: 9/1/2010
  • Publisher: Watershed Media

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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 Readerfeatures 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 Readeris a valuable resource for policymakers, college classrooms, and concerned citizens.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Foundation Concepts
Beyond the Limits to Growthp. 3
What Is Sustainability?p. 13
Defining Social Sustainabilityp. 21
Thinking "Resilience"p. 25
A New Worldp. 43
The International Response to Climate Changep. 53
Cap and Dividend in the United Statesp. 60
The Ecological Deficit: Creating a New Political Frameworkp. 63
Water: Adapting to a New Normalp. 77
Peak Nature?p. 97
Getting Fossil Fuels Off the Platep. 119
Tackling the Oldest Environmental Problem: Agriculture and Its Impact on Soilp. 128
Growing Community Food Systemsp. 140
Population: The Multiplier of Everything Elsep. 153
Culture and Behavior
Dangerously Addictive: Why we Are Biologically I11-Suited to the Riches of Modern Americap. 177
Remapping Relationships: Humans in Naturep. 184
The Human Nature of Unsustainabilityp. 194
Making Sense of Peak Oil and Energy Uncertaintyp. 207
Hydrocarbons in North Americap. 211
Nine Challenges of Alternative Energyp. 229
Peak Oil and the Great Recessionp. 247
Ecological Economicsp. 259
Money and Energyp. 279
The Competitiveness of Local Living Economiesp. 283
Cities, Towns, and Suburbs
The Death of Sprawl: Designing Urban Resilience for the Twenty-First-Century Resource and Climate Crisesp. 295
Smart Decline in Post-Carbon Cities: The Buffalo Commons Meets Buffalo, New Yorkp. 314
Toward Zero-Carbon Buildingsp. 322
Local Government in a Time of Peak Oil and Climate Changep. 335
Transportation in the Post-Carbon Worldp. 347
Climate Change, Peak Oil, and the End of Wastep. 363
Human Health and Well-Being in an Era of Energy Scarcity and Climate Changep. 385
Climate Change and Dengue Feverp. 397
Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainabilityp. 409
Community Colleges: A Vital Resource for Education in the Post-Carbon Erap. 419
Building Resilience
Personal Preparationp. 429
What Can Communities Do?p. 442
Call to Action
What Now? The Path Forward Begins with One Stepp. 455
Notesp. 459
Indexp. 499
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