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The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises

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This diverse collection by best-selling authors, renowned scientists, and experienced activists is an engaging and practical book that will be of interest to the lay reader as well as university students in both graduate and undergraduate courses.

The expert contributors to The Post Carbon Reader were asked to unflinchingly describe the deep and interconnected sustainabilit
Paperback, 523 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Watershed Media
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Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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I really liked this book and the tone of it. It's a series of essays written by leading experts in various fields ranging from basic climate change to education, health care, energy, etc. The essays are short and very readable, and usually get straight to the point.

The authors have a good grip on what is happening now, and offer suggestions for what might be a good direction to head in the future. The suggestions are much more realist than idealist, and emphasize that we are beyond the preventi
John Kaufmann
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: energy
Wide-ranging collection of essays on the issues and alternatives a post-carbon world would face - agriculture, food systems, alternative energy, housing, transportation, urban design, population growth and density, governance, etc.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A collection of insightful essays that gives you an inside look on city planners, environmentalists, psychologists, and sociologists ideas on different topics from economic to environmental about how our world these days, is changing.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
This book promises to illustrate the interconnected challenges that humanity faces in the near future (read:TODAY) while at the same time providing concrete actions that can be taken to mitigate them and prepare. The wide ranging essays do indeed cover the gamut; climate, biodiversity, energy, economics, pollution, population, food, water etc are all thoughtfully addressed, sometimes to the point of repetition.

I will say however, that the takeaway any thinking person should have is that the odds
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall, "The Post Carbon Reader" is a great primer on sustainability. Organized as an anthology, each section of essays covers major topics in sustainability, such as climate, energy, water, transportation, food, and waste. It also includes a small, brief section on Transition Towns. Each author uses relatively lay terms to explain sustainability, which is excellent for people who lack significant background in the topic, but leaves those of us who actually study sustainability, yearning for mo ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
This is a collection of many essays and articles written by many of the great thinkers on climate change and sustainability issues. For the most part it's pretty informative, and I'm glad I gave it a look. If you want to learn about the myriad ways our society depends on the environment, the ways we're undermining that, and how we could do better, it's a great resource. You can pick it up now and again and just read a section at a time, so don't be turned off by how thick the book is.

The one cri
Matthew Ciarvella
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
If I could force people to read one book, I think it would be this one. That's a weird thing to say, isn't it? It's an even weirder compliment to give a work. But here's the thing: this book, divided up into numerous essays on many different aspects of climate change, sustainability, and other eco-topics, is well argued and well constructed. This is eco-reading that's on an entirely different scale; very little attention is paid to any of the soft, fluffy appeals to "mother earth" or "the beauti ...more
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Sam Dye
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Remarkable book. Analysis by multiple authors of our current state with fossil fuel limitations vs the environment vs the recession. I am reading some chapters again because there is so much information. The earth is getting warmer and we are now absorbing only 20% of our carbon production. This is something that we all are going to have to deal with at some time. Better to look closely at it now because it appears that it is only going to get worse. There is a section on food storage and the im ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this collection of essays quite a bit. I found many fascinating and concise excerpts detailing the challenges that we as a species will face in the future post-carbon world. I highly recommend this to people of a progressive mindset and I'm not confident that the book would be as well received by those with an inherently opposed worldview. For this reason, I am afraid books like this preach to the choir.
Amanda Wolf
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sustainability
This was actually one of the best books I've read so far regarding sustainability. There are a lot of great authors that are doing great work. This was the first book to really give you hope. It may be a slow process, but I think we have a chance of entering into a post carbon world with some ease. At least I hope. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in sustainability or just curious. It is easy to read and very informative.
Currently I've read 4 of the essays all the way through, and skimmed the rest. Current opinion: this is the book I want to do a discussion seminar on. It's fantastically solutions focused, and also eminently practical. Are there topics missing or which could have more depth? Sure - but that's what the seminar is for. Worth buying even though you can download a lot of it for free.
Matthew Grote
Reading PCR for a Sustainable Development class. It is a book you can jump around while reading, picking topics that interest you and skipping others without losing too much substance. Great overview of all things sustainable, brushing on a lot of aspects, while aiding in further learning if a topic peaks your interest. Still working my way through it, but it's excellent so far.
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most comprehensive and informative books I've read about sustainability. I didn't always agree with the conclusions, but the authors gave me plenty to think about and explore further.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Class text.
Hanna Winter
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good - this book is a compilation of essays be different authors all writing about different aspects of the challenges that need to be coped with in the fact of climate change and peak oil.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly depressing
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Enough people are articulating the problem. This book gets on with the answers. Heinberg is a badass.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent series of essays on the global post-carbon era and what we need to do face the challenges of peak oil and diminishing economic and ecological resources.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the most useful, best written of the sustainability/peak oil/relocalization texts on the market. A must own.
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Exhaustive and a bit idealistic.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
It's an uneven book with good chapters and bad chapters. Be careful. This book claims we have already reached peak oil when really we haven't (
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peak-oil-books
fantastic book - a "sustainability bootcamp" in a book
Marts  (Thinker)
An interesting title on sustainability, the amazon website provides some more detail and a 'look inside', check it out:
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