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Finite Global Resources - Limited Future

By: Gerhard Both


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #170588 | ISBN: 1857566211
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This book challenges the reader to face up to the pressing issue of Finite Global Resources. The author begins by discussing the basics: the various categories of resource and how soon we can expect them to run out. He then considers the steps that society must be prepared to take as a `damage limitation exercise' and, indeed, to best protect what we have left for future generations: not only energy conservation and recycling but also more radical and fundamental measures, such as downgrading the levels of technology employed and substituting unsustainable materials with sustainable ones.

Addresses the problem of finite global resources, discussing the various categories of resource, how soon we can expect them to run out, and the steps society must be prepared to take as a damage limited exercise" to protect what we have left for future generations. Discusses resources and what they are; when the nonrenewable resources will be depleted; the need for change; fundamental considerations for "technology"; return to intermediate/low technology; materials and their substitution; recycling; energy - no more, but much less; deja vu - how our ancestors coped with temporary shorages of resources - what it can teach us; and a scenario of the end of the twenty-first century." "Journal of Economic Literature"

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