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Wasted world : how our consumption challenges the planet

Author: Rob Hengeveld
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses resource consumption, population growth, and waste in relation to humanity's impact on the planet.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Hengeveld
ISBN: 9780226326993 0226326993
OCLC Number: 733546748
Description: xvii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Natural processes --
The nature of life: making waste --
Nature goes in cycles --
Ongoing processes in the human population --
Population growth and its limitations --
The growing problem of mankind --
Population growth and agricultural production --
Population growth and industrial production --
Agribusiness and corporate states --
Exhausting and wasting our resources --
Peak oil and beyond --
Limited resources --
Man-made waste --
When it's gone, it's gone --
Exhausting and wasting our environment --
Our freshwater is running out! --
Polluting the air and warming our climate --
Deforestation and its consequences --
The loss of biodiversity --
Wasted land --
Toward a collapse of our society --
Processes within the human population --
What is overpopulation? --
Bursting out of Eden --
Urbanization --
Migration --
The spread of diseases --
The dynamic structure of society --
Processes within the global society --
From a concrete to an abstract world --
The energy and information content of society --
Can our world population collapse? --
The persistence of mankind --
Another future for our human world? --
The road we took, and the way forward --
The emperor's new clothes.
Responsibility: Rob Hengeveld.

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All systems produce waste as part of a cycle - bacteria, humans, combustion engines, even one as large and complex as a city. To some extent, this waste can be absorbed, processed, or recycled -  Read more...

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