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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 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.
Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow in Residence at the 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".
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."