Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines

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New Society Publishers, 2007 - Nature - 213 pages

The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, the impact of humans on the environment increased dramatically.

The twenty-first century ushered in an era of declines, in a number of crucial parameters:

  • Global oil, natural gas, and coal extraction
  • Yearly grain harvests
  • Climate stability
  • Population
  • Economic growth
  • Fresh water
  • Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum

To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors, and expectations.

Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book tells how we might make the transition from the Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. A must-read for individuals, business leaders, and policymakers who are serious about effecting real change.

Richard Heinberg is a journalist, lecturer, and the author of seven books, including The Party's Over, Powerdown, and The Oil Depletion Protocol. He is one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators.

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User Review  - BenDV - LibraryThing

Heinberg has written a very different sort of 'peak oil' book with Peak Everything. Rather than focusing on the technical issues- e.g. when certain events are likely to occur, economic and political ... Read full review

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User Review  - chilee - LibraryThing

I read the book based upon the author's interview on Chicago public radio. In many ways, he shares the same world view of James Kunstler (The Long Emergency). I liked 'A Letter From The Future ... Read full review


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Richard Heinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist, educator, editor, lecturer, and a Core Faculty member of New College of California where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community," he is the author of six previous books including The Party's Over and Powerdown.

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