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Fleeing Vesuvius: Responding to the Effects of Economic and Environmental Collapse

Fleeing Vesuvius: Responding to the Effects of Economic and Environmental Collapse
  

"Economic growth is over for good and Fleeing Vesuvius is the first book to explore the profound, historic implications.. Its message could hardly be more urgent." Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, Author, Peak Everything. "Some are in denial, others are in ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780473191818
Barcode 9780473191818
Published 1 August 2011 by Living Economies
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New Edition
Author(s) Edited by Douthwaite, Richard
Edited by Fallon, Gillian
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ISBN-13 9780473191818
ISBN-10 0473191814
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Living Economies
Imprint Living Economies Educational Trust
Publication Date 1 August 2011
International Publication Date 29 July 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New Edition
Edition New Edition
Author(s) Edited by Douthwaite, Richard
Edited by Fallon, Gillian
Category Environmental & Social Themes
Environmental & Ecological Science
Financial Crises & Disasters
Sustainability
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 514
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 240mm
Weight 975g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 338.927
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Fleeing Vesuvius is a practical and fundamentally optimistic book. Its 27 authors, all leading thinkers in their fields, take a hard look at many of the problems facing humanity and offer far-reaching solutions. Most of its contributors believe that 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 because the natural resources required for growth - particularly oil, the lifeblood of the world economy - can no longer be extracted in growing quantities. Indeed, as this book shows, the financial crash itself was due to an irresistible force - the rising global demand for oil - meeting an immoveable object, a static supply. Consequently, further turmoil can be avoided only if a financial system that developed to suit growth is altered to cope with contraction. The book suggests ways in which this can be done. But, since psychological, institutional and cultural factors influence our behaviour too, Fleeing Vesuvius also considers the changes required in the way we think, how we use the land and how we relate to others if we are to reduce the risk of environmental and societal breakdown posed by the current crisis. The book's overall aim is to arm its readers with the knowledge they need to develop new ways of doing things instead of staggering from crisis to crisis trying to patch up systems that are only suited to economies that can grow and grow.

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