Richard Heinberg

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Peak Everything

Waking Up to the Century of Declines

A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book describes how to make the transition from The Age of Excess to the Era of … 240 View
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Power

Limits and Prospects for Human Survival

Weaving together findings from a wide range of disciplines, Power traces how four key elements developed to give humans extraordinary power: tool making ability, language, social complexity, and … 416 View
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Introduction

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In the introduction, Heinberg suggests that while there is not a single solution to the converging crises of the 21st century, there is a single causative agent. That causative agent is … 13 $1.30 Add
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Power in Nature

From Mitochondria to Emotion and Deception

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In this chapter, the author takes a look at some of the powers that arose in living things long before humans emerged. 46 $4.60 Add
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Preface

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In titling this book Peak Everything, I was suggesting that humanity has achieved an unsustainable pinnacle of population size and consumption rates, and that the road ahead will be mostly … 12 $1.20 Add
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Peak Everything

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This book is not an introduction to the subject of Peak Oil. Instead it addresses the social and historical context in which Peak Oil is occurring, and explores how we can reorganize our thinking … 29 $2.90 Add
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Power in the Pleistocene

On Spears, Fires, Furs, Words, and Flutes - And Why Men Are Such Power-Hogs

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This chapter describes prehistoric forms of human power, including stone tools, fire, animal skins, and language. 43 $4.30 Add
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On Technology, Agriculture, and the Arts

Tools with a Life of Their Own

From: Peak Everything

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In assessing and understanding technology and its effects on people and nature, it is at least as important to pay attention to the energy that drives our tools as to the tools themselves and the … 17 $1.70 Add
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Power in the Holocene

The Rise of Social Inequality

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In this chapter, Heinberg explores physical as well as social power, as well as the ways in which humans have obtained power over each other, including warfare, predation, the wealth pump, state … 67 $6.70 Add
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Fifty Million Farmers

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There are reasons to think that our current anomalous abundance of inexpensive food may be only temporary; if so, present and future generations may become acquainted with that old, formerly … 20 $2.00 Add
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Power in the Anthropocene

The Wonderful World of Fossil Fuels

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This chapter details forms of fossil fuel power such as coal, oil, and gas. Heinberg suggests that through the development and exercise of these fossil fuel powers, we have changed not only the … 46 $4.60 Add
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(post-) Hydrocarbon Aesthetics

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Will industrial production survive in the post-hydrocarbon era? The answer will of course depend on how much energy humans will have at their disposal. The total amount, as well as the per capita … 16 $1.60 Add
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Overpowered

The Fine Mess We've Gotten Ourselves Into

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In this chapter the author focuses primarily on power dilemmas that are less frequently discussed, but that may be even more important for us to understand, especially in the 21st century. These … 60 $6.00 Add
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On Nature’s Limits and the Human Condition

Five Axioms of Sustainability

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My aim in this chapter is to explore the history of the terms sustainable and sustainability, and their various published definitions, and then to offer a set of five axioms (self-evident truths) … 14 $1.40 Add
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Optimum Power

Sustaining Our Power Over Time

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This chapter makes the case that we humans are capable of controlling our thirst for power, and we have a long history of doing so. Moreover, that capacity is rooted in similar behavior expressed … 51 $5.10 Add
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Parrots and Peoples

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People who live a civilized life are like birds in a cage. As long as we stay within well-defined social bounds (and assuming we are lucky enough to have been born in a wealthy parasitic society, … 17 $1.70 Add