5 Books found
We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Our challenge is to think globally and develop policies to counteract environmental decline and economic collapse. The question is: Can we change direction before we go over the edge?Lester Brown looks at our economic future through an environmental lens to develop a plan that will sustain civilization. He concentrates on four major components that will he
Food, the weak link that brought down earlier civilizations, is the sector most affected by climate change. And it could bring our own civilization down if we stay with business as usual.We are entering a new food era, one marked by higher food prices, growing numbers of hungry people, and an intensifying competition for land and water that has now crossed national boundaries as food-importing countries buy or lease vast tracts of lan
For the first time since the oil age began, the world has the technology to wean itself from petroleum coming from the politically volatile Middle East.A combination of wind turbines, solar cells, hydrogen generators, and fuel cell engines offers not only energy independence, but an alternative to climate-disrupting fossil fuels.The global economy is out of sync with the earth's ecosystem, as evidenced by collapsing fisheries
Experts were “stunned” this past summer by the loss of Arctic sea ice. An area almost twice the size of Britain disappeared in a single week.The Greenland ice cap is melting so fast that it is triggering minor earthquakes as pieces of ice weighing several billion tons break off the ice sheet and slide into the sea. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is also melting faster than predicted.If we cannot curb CO2 emissions q
The energy transition is here. As fossil fuel resources shrink, as air pollution worsens, and as concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, oil, and natural gas, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled largely by coal and oil, is being replaced with one powered by solar and wind energy.