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Fleeing Vesuvius

Fleeing Vesuvius

Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse

The financial crisis that has blighted the world's richest countries since 2008 was a turning point in human history because it ushered in an era in which economies will tend to shrink rather than grow. Incomes will decline becausethe natural …

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The Biochar Solution

The Biochar Solution

Carbon Farming and Climate Change

Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?

The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar …

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Peak Everything

Peak Everything

Waking Up to the Century of Declines

by Richard Heinberg
foreword by James Howard Kunstler

The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically.

The 21st century ushered in an era of declines, …

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Transport Revolutions

Transport Revolutions

Moving People and Freight without Oil

Modern societies now rely almost entirely on oil for moving people and freight. The impacts on transport of scarcer and more expensive oil pose major challenges to humanity. They require revolutions in our thinking about mobility, and consequent …

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The Ecotechnic Future

The Ecotechnic Future

Envisioning a Post-Peak World

In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world - not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced …

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Blackout

Blackout

Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis

Coal fuels about 50 percent of US electricity production and provides a quarter of the country's total energy. China and India's ferocious economic growth is based almost entirely on coal-generated electricity.

Coal currently looks like a solution to …

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The Long Descent

The Long Descent

A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age

Americans are expressing deep concern about US dependence on petroleum, rising energy prices and the threat of climate change. Unlike the energy crisis of the 1970s, however, there is a lurking fear that, now, the times are different and the crisis …

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Depletion & Abundance

Depletion & Abundance

Life on the New Home Front

Climate change, peak oil and economic instability aren't just future social problems -- they jeopardize our homes and families right now. Our once-abundant food supply is being threatened by toxic chemical agriculture, rising food prices and crop …

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