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Average rating: 3.73 · 1,940 ratings · 359 reviews · 84 distinct works · Similar authors
Green Metropolis: What the ...

3.69 avg rating — 905 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
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The Conundrum: How Scientif...

3.69 avg rating — 367 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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The First National Bank of ...

3.92 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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The Walls Around Us: The Th...

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Sheetrock & Shellac: A Thin...

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Copies in Seconds

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The Making of the Masters: ...

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The Little Book of Forensics

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My Usual Game

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“One of the least meaningful and most overused words in the English language is 'sustainability.' For most Americans, it means something like 'pretty much the way I live right now, though maybe with a different car.' A good test of any activity or product described as sustainable is to multiply it by 300 million (the approximate current population of the United States) and then by 9 or 10 billion (the expected population of the world by midcentury) and see if it still seems green. This is not an easy test to pass”
David Owen, The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

“There are too many people in the world, and too many more are on the way. This is an issue that, in the United States, both conservatives and liberals have often seemed eager to avoid--for conservatives, perhaps, because it raises questions about family size, birth control, and abortion, and for liberals because it raises questions about immigration. Every one of the world's environmental problems is made worse by increases in the number of humans, and, most of all, by increases in the number of Americans, since U.S. residents--whether manufactured locally or imported from abroad--have the largest energy and carbon footprints in the world.”
David Owen, Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability

“We all tend to think of ourselves as the last unsinning inhabitants of whatever place we live in. We don't usually recognize ourselves as participants in its destruction.”
David Owen, Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability

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