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More from less : the surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources--and what happens next

Author: Andrew McAfee
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"A surprising analysis of the decline in consumption of natural resources despite the explosion of goods, prosperity, and population"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew McAfee
ISBN: 9781982103576 1982103574 9781982103583 1982103582
OCLC Number: 1112803704
Description: xi, 337 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : README --
All the Malthusian millennia --
Power over the earth : the industrial era --
Industrial errors --
Earth Day and its debates --
The dematerialization surprise --
Crib notes --
What causes dematerialization : markets and marvels --
Adam Smith said that : a few words about capitalism --
What else is needed : people and policies --
The global gallop of the four horsemen --
Getting so much better --
Powers of concentration --
Stressed be the tie that binds : disconnection --
Looking ahead : the world cleanses itself this way --
Inventions : how to be good --
Conclusion : our next planet.
Responsibility: Andrew McAfee.

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"A surprising analysis of the decline in consumption of natural resources despite the explosion of goods, prosperity, and population"--

Throughout history, the only way for humanity to grow was by degrading the Earth: chopping down forests, fouling the air and water, and endlessly digging out resources. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the reigning argument has been that taking better care of the planet means radically changing course: reducing our consumption, tightening our belts, learning to share and reuse, restraining growth. Is that argument correct? Absolutely not. In More from Less, McAfee argues that to solve our ecological problems we don't need to make radical changes. Instead, we need to do more of what we're already doing: growing technologically sophisticated market-based economies around the world. How can he possibly make this claim? Because of the evidence. America--a large, high-tech country that accounts for about 25% of the global economy--is now generally using less of most resources year after year, even as its economy and population continue to grow. What's more, the US is polluting the air and water less, emitting fewer greenhouse gases, and replenishing endangered animal populations. And, as McAfee shows, America is not alone. Other countries are also transforming themselves in fundamental ways. What has made this turnabout possible? One thing, primarily: the collaboration between technology and capitalism, although good governance and public awareness have also been critical. McAfee does warn of issues that haven't been solved, like global warming, overfishing, and communities left behind as capitalism and tech progress race forward. But overall, More from Less is a revelatory, paradigm-shifting account of how we've stumbled into an unexpectedly better balance with nature--one that holds out the promise of more abundant and greener centuries ahead.

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