- Hardcover: 362 pages
- Publisher: Earthscan; Revised edition edition (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184407143X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844071432
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,054,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Updated for the second time since 1992, this book, by a trio of professors and systems analysts, offers a pessimistic view of the natural resources available for the world's population. Using extensive computer models based on population, food production, pollution and other data, the authors demonstrate why the world is in a potentially dangerous "overshoot" situation. Put simply, overshoot means people have been steadily using up more of the Earth's resources without replenishing its supplies. The consequences, according to the authors, may be catastrophic: "We... believe that if a profound correction is not made soon, a crash of some sort is certain. And it will occur within the lifetimes of many who are alive today." After explaining overshoot, the book discusses population and industrial growth, the limits on available resources, pollution, technology and, importantly, ways to avoid overshoot. The authors do an excellent job of summarizing their extensive research with clear writing and helpful charts illustrating trends in food consumption, population increases, grain production, etc., in a serious tome likely to appeal to environmentalists, government employees and public policy experts.
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Top customer reviews
It goes into enough detail to be informative, but does not get bogged down in just one aspect or topic.
Seems to be a wake-up-call for all of us to be more informed, more in touch with everything that we do and
take for granted in our American lifestyle, and gives some concrete suggestions about what to do about it.
Certainly worth the time spent reading it.
If it does nothing more than make us aware of how fragile our life (style) is, it is worth the investment.
Read it, enjoy it, but take it to heart and DO something about it!
Still, a good, interesting read. Four stars. Rick says the PhD's at MIT are much smarter than he is.