The Growth Illu Ion

Author: R. J. Douthwaite
Publisher: New Society Pub
ISBN: 9780865713963
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The Growth Illu Ion from the Author: R. J. Douthwaite. In 1992, when the first edition of The Growth Illusion appeared, most people would have had little doubt that the answer was "yes" - even the author was surprised when his research showed otherwise. Today, however, the climate of opinion has reversed and there is widespread acceptance that, while growth might be necessary to generate jobs, the development path we are following is not improving the quality of life for ourselves or for our children. This updated and revised edition of The Growth Illusion explains what went wrong. As Richard Douthwaite argues, strategies used by governments to raise national income often increase poverty and unemployment. Moreover, in the USA, Britain, Germany and Australia, each increase in national income consumes more resources than it creates on a sustainable basis. In other words, these economies are running backwards and making their citizens worse off. The Growth Illusion explores this phenomenon, asking fundamental questions along the way about economics and the society in which we live.


Author: Frank Niele
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 008045903X
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Energy from the Author: Frank Niele. "Energy: Engine of Evolution" is a compelling book that provides a compact history of energy over the last four billion years, with the aim of creating a sound basis to understanding the possible futures of the energy industry. It describes the role that energy has played in the evolution of nature and culture, the impact it has had on the world over time and the implications that we are faced with concerning the role of energy in the future. This book describes the relationship between life and energy through time, outlining how the major revolutions in the evolution of life on earth were driven by developments at the energy frontiers. "Energy: Engine of Evolution" states that we are on the verge of the next energy revolution, where we will learn how to master new energy forms in a new way. As a result of years of research and discussions by leading experts in the oil and gas industry, this publication offers inspiring insights and examples of new approaches to technological and evolutionary developments, paving the way towards a more sustainable future. It provides evolutionary insight and introduces an Energy Time Scale that shows key relationships between energy and the history of planet Earth. It contains exciting examples of new approaches to sustainable development.

A Cybernetic View Of Biological Growth

Author: Tony Stebbing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521199638
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A Cybernetic View Of Biological Growth from the Author: Tony Stebbing. Maia is the story of an idea, and its development into a working hypothesis, that provides a cybernetic interpretation of how growth is controlled. Growth at the lowest level is controlled by regulating the rate of growth. Access to the output of control mechanisms is provided by perturbing the growing organism, and then filtering out the consequences to growth rate. The output of the growth control mechanism is then accessible for interpretation and modelling. Perturbation experiments have been used to provide interpretations of hormesis, the neutralization of inhibitory load and acquired tolerance to toxic inhibition, and catch-up growth. The account begins with an introduction to cybernetics covering the regulation of growth and population increase in animals and man and describes this new approach to access the control of growth processes. This book is suitable for postgraduate students of biological cybernetics and researchers of biological growth, endocrinology, population ecology and toxicology.

Sacred Demise

Author: Ph. D. Carolyn Baker
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1440119724
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Sacred Demise from the Author: Ph. D. Carolyn Baker. The collapse of industrial civilization is rapidly unfolding and offers us an opportunity far beyond mere survival, even as it renders absurd any attempts to "fix" or prevent the end of the world as we have known it. Sacred Demise is about the transformation of human consciousness and the emergence of a new paradigm as a result discovering our purpose in the collapse process, thereby coming home to our ultimate place in the universe. Our willingness to consciously embark on the journey with openness and uncertainty may be advantageous for engendering a quantum evolutionary leap for our species and for the earth community. "Carolyn Baker is tireless in her quest to understand and speak about the collapse of civilization. Her message is simple: our journey through collapse will be as much a spiritual one as a physical one, a journey back from profound disconnection to the sacred. And so our emotional, psychological and spiritual preparations will be as important as the gardens we plant, the healing skills we acquire, and the actions we take in defense of the community of life. A book of tools and exercises to help with that preparation, then, is a welcome and much-needed addition to the literature of collapse."--Tim Bennett and Sally Erickson, Writer and Producer of the documentary "What A Way To Go: Life At the End of Empire" "Carolyn speaks with a confidence that never flinches from entering into the hardest truths of our times, or from the most difficult truths about the culture we are immersed in, so that we might emerge from the chrysalis of global crisis with open hearts and a renewed way of living on Earth together."--Juan Santos, Fourth World Blogspot

New Perspectives On Consumer Culture Theory And Research

Author: Pavel Zahrádka
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443846643
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New Perspectives On Consumer Culture Theory And Research from the Author: Pavel Zahrádka. In the post-socialist countries, the subject of consumption has not received sufficient attention from the perspective of Consumer Culture Theory. The opinion has long prevailed among the majority of social scientists from this region that consumer society and consumptive behaviour is a socially destructive phenomenon and one of the main causes of problems in contemporary society. This impression has prevented them from scrutinizing the symbolic dimension of consumption and led them to a critical analysis of the social causes and environmental consequences of excessive consumption. The examination of symbolic aspects of consumer culture or the mutual interaction of culture and marketing communication, for example, have remained outside the realm of academic interest. The absence of comprehensive academic interest in the topic of consumer culture does not, however, mean that consumer culture is not a subject of research. Such research, instead, takes place outside of the sphere of the university in the commercial sector and is primarily focused on issues of how to successfully sell products and services. Due to competitive concerns, commercial research into consumer culture has led to the privatization of its results, which runs contrary to the ideal of science as an open and critical project. The goal of this book is to create a counterbalance to this “science in the shadows” and overcome the mutual distrust between the academic and commercial spheres and make possible the transfer of recent discoveries between the two parties. This publication is dedicated to the exploration of three areas of consumer culture: research on consumer culture and consumer behaviour in post-socialist countries (especially in the Czech Republic), new developments in the theory of consumer culture and innovative methodological approaches to its research and, finally, to recent criticism of consumer culture and consumerism. It emerged from the collaboration of a team of authors made up of leading European researchers in the field of consumer culture, such as Kate Soper (London Metropolitan University), Franz Liebl (Berlin University of the Arts) and Rainer Gries (University of Vienna), as well as promising young scholars from the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Sweden, Serbia, Poland and Portugal. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sociology, cultural studies, marketing and market research.

An International Humanitarian Organisation

Author: James David Parker
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443891622
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An International Humanitarian Organisation from the Author: James David Parker. This book presents a concise account of our current approach to the climate crisis, and provides a clear view of the current situation, and the history of the protocols and promises that have failed. It offers substantial international solutions, exploring the urgent need for an international ethical and progressive alliance that has authority beyond economic self-interests, and arguing in favour of shifting our focus to reducing the manufacture of greenhouse gases rather than concentrating on the reduction of carbon emissions. The book goes on to explore why solutions can only emerge by changing the very international structure of governance, a structure that is now conditioned by out-dated modes created before the collective understanding of the Earth as one whole. It proposes that these solutions can only happen if they are based on an international unity emerging from our collective expertise, ethics, and intelligence among humanity today.

Is The Gap Between Rich And Poor Growing

Author: Robert J. Sims
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780737727012
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Is The Gap Between Rich And Poor Growing from the Author: Robert J. Sims. Essays cover varying viewpoints surrounding economic inequality in the United States, including the effects of race and marital status on income and the mobility of richer and poorer segments of society.

Private Planet

Author: David Cromwell
Publisher: Jon Carpenter Publishing
Size: 40.88 MB
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Private Planet from the Author: David Cromwell. Private Planet takes a look at how economic globalisation is destroying human rights and the environment. Citizens are losing power to undemocratic institutions and private corporations - by a process of stealth. This trend is being sold to the public by politicians, the business community and the media as 'inevitable', 'civilised' and 'just'. It isn't any of these. David Cromwell examines how and why the forces of globalisation are opposing ecological sustainability, human rights and social justice - and draws on examples from around the world to show what we can do to reverse the process.

Green Economics

Author: Molly Scott Cato
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1844075702
Size: 54.82 MB
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Green Economics from the Author: Molly Scott Cato. This far-reaching and authoritative two-volume set examines a range of potential solutions for low-energy building design, considering different strategies (energy conservation and renewable energy) and technologies (relating to the building envelope, ven