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Follow up to his seminal 1980 book Overshoot, which I hold as one of the clearest books written on the human predicament vis a vis resource depletion, environmental degradation and population overshoot. It's also one of the three legs of the stool I recommend for grokking said human predicament (as perhaps best defined by John Michael Greer in The Long Descent, also ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 6th 2009 by Xlibris Corporation (first published 2009)
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Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow up to his seminal 1980 book Overshoot, which I hold as one of the clearest books written on the human predicament vis a vis resource depletion, environmental degradation and population overshoot. It's also one of the three legs of the stool I recommend for grokking said human predicament (as perhaps best defined by John Michael Greer in The Long Descent, also recommended). The three legs are Catton's book, Overshoot, Albert Bartlett's talk on Exponential Growth, and the documentary What a ...more
Linda R. Thompson
An excellent overview of our precarious future

This book covers the history of our arrival at a critical transition point in human evolution, secondary to our overuse of fossil fuels in the past two centuries and the resultant overpopulation that has accompanied that. His development of the concept of planetary carrying capacity and the problems we face due to our overshooting that capacity, makes clear why we are facing serious climate change and a population bottleneck most likely within this
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largeschemeofthings
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gets to the truth we are all looking for. Overpopulation is the real source of all evil - and the author does a tremendous job explaining it with evidence, reason and impeccable argumentation. Definitely a book worth buying, reading, underlying and writing all over it - then keeping on your bookshelves at home.
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Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow up to his seminal 1980 book Overshoot, which I hold as one of the clearest books written on the human predicament vis a vis resource depletion, environmental degradation and population overshoot. It's also one of the three legs of the stool I recommend for grokking said human predicament (as perhaps best defined by John Michael Greer in The Long Descent, also recommended). The three legs are Catton's book, Overshoot, Albert Bartlett's talk on Exponential Growth, and the documentary What a ...more
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An excellent overview of our precarious future

This book covers the history of our arrival at a critical transition point in human evolution, secondary to our overuse of fossil fuels in the past two centuries and the resultant overpopulation that has accompanied that. His development of the concept of planetary carrying capacity and the problems we face due to our overshooting that capacity, makes clear why we are facing serious climate change and a population bottleneck most likely within this
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Gets to the truth we are all looking for. Overpopulation is the real source of all evil - and the author does a tremendous job explaining it with evidence, reason and impeccable argumentation. Definitely a book worth buying, reading, underlying and writing all over it - then keeping on your bookshelves at home.
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