Robert U. Ayres is a physicist and economist noted for his work on the role of thermodynamics in the economic process, and more recently for his investigation of the role of energy in economic growth. He is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Technology at the international business school INSEAD, in France, where he has continued his lifelong, pioneering studies of materials/energy flows in the global economy. He originated the concept of industrial metabolism, which has since become a field of study explored by the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
Ayres was trained as a physicist at the University of Chicago, University of Maryland, and Kings College London (Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics). He was Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh from 1979 until 1992, when he was appointed Professor of Environment and Management at INSEAD. He is also an Institute Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
Ayres is author or coauthor of 18 books and more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. His books range from Alternatives to the Internal Combustion Engine, with Richard A. McKenna (Johns Hopkins Press, 1972), to Turning Point: The End of the Growth Paradigm (Earthscan, 1998) to The Economic Growth Engine: How Energy and Work Drive Material Prosperity, with Benjamin Warr (Edward Elgar, 2009). He and his wife reside in Paris.
Edward (Ed) H. Ayres was Editorial Director at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. (publisher of the annual State of the World and bi-annual Vital Signs) from 1994 through 2005. He also served as editor of the bimonthly World Watch magazine during this period. World Watch articles and essays by Ayres were distributed to the global media by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. His writing has also appeared in Time magazine in its series “Beyond 2000: Your Health, Our Planet”; Utne Reader; The Ecologist; and other publications.
Ayres has pursued a lifelong interest in the relationships between individual human health and endurance and the sustainability of human societies. He was the third-place finisher in the first New York Marathon in 1970, and today continues to write and run long distances in the mountains of California, where he and his wife have built an eco-friendly house.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read about the future of energy and energy efficiency.
In short, this work is about "efficiency" and about counting the energy that is used in everything that we produce and consume, from products to transportation.
Crossing the Energy Divide provides a great look at how the transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy can be achieved.
This is a short, excellent, easy-to-read book on the energy crisis.
Robert U. Ayres is a physicist *and* an economist, and Edward H. Read more
This book is a great economically oriented dossier on macro-level changes - some which we have heard a lot about, and others which are presented in more nuance. Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by GX
This book deserves widespread attention for its new arguments about how energy costs affect economic growth. Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
A good overview of the impediments to moving from a fossil-fuel based economy to a more sustainable energy model. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Echo
Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres have written a insightful book that clearly defines realistic steps to achieve independence from fossil fuels in a couple of decades. Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by Michael G. Lustig
Title Crossing the Energy Divide: Moving from Fossil Fuel Dependence to a Clean-Energy Future
Ayres, Edward H.
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There are myriad ways to scrimp and save energy as we transition to a sustainable energy future. This has been brought into the limelight after the BP disaster in the gulf of... Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by WIZARD D
In recent years (basically since I started watching CSPAN debates of Congress and the Senate) I have had a renewed interest in the future of economics and energy usage in this... Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Strategos
This is a well researched and thought out plan that will really open your eyes.
I've often wondered the real world time frame of large scale use of alternative power... Read more