Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change - William R. Catton - Unabridged

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Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Length: 10 hours and 17 minutes
Version: Unabridged
Language: English
Release Date: October 28, 2016
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Catalog ID: B01MFCTIRZ
Categories: Politics & Social Sciences, Science & Math

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change (Unabridged)

William R. Catton

Our day-to-day experiences over the past decade have taught us that there must be limits to our tremendous appetite for energy, natural resources, and consumer goods. Even utility and oil companies now promote conservation in the face of demands for dwindling energy reserves. And for years some biologists have warned us of the direct correlation between scarcity and population growth. These scientists see an appalling future riding the tidal wave of a worldwide growth of population and technology. A calm but unflinching realist, Catton suggests that we cannot stop this wave – for we have already overshot the Earth’s capacity to support so huge a load. He contradicts those scientists, engineers, and technocrats who continue to write optimistically about energy alternatives. Catton asserts that the technological panaceas proposed by those who would harvest from the seas, harness the winds, and farm the deserts are ignoring the fundamental premise that “the principals of ecology apply to all living things”. These principles tell us that, within a finite system, economic expansion is not irreversible and population growth cannot continue indefinitely. If we disregard these facts, our sagging American Dream will soon shatter completely. The book is published by University of Illinois Press.

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