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MUST READ: The Big Picture
Geodestinies: The Inevitable Control of Earth Resources over Nations & Individuals a few left at The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos Food, Energy, and Society Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations Rare Earth Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health OIL & GAS: how they're mined, why they're so difficult to replace, history Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak Kenneth Deffeyes Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage Kenneth Deffeyes Twilight in the Desert: the coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy Matthew Simons High Noon for Natural Gas: The New Energy Crisis Julian Darley The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power [Pulitzer Prize winner] Daniel Yergin Fossil Fuels and Food How far have we overshot carrying capacity? The Nitrogen Bomb. April 2001. Discover magazine D. & M. Fisher Beyond Oil: The Threat to Food and Fuel in the Coming Decades John Gever Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production Vaclav Smil Food, Fuel, and Freeways Rich Pirog, et al Can we avoid WW III as energy declines while population continues to grow exponentially? Lutz Kleveman The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict Michael Klare The Sorrows Of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic Chalmers Johnson Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude Robert Baer Ahmed Rashid Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia The most likely short-term solutions Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, & Risk Management. The "solutions" are Heavy Oil, Robert L. Hirsch Gas-to-Liquids / Liquified Natural Gas, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Efficient Vehicles, and Coal Liquids Department of Energy Standby Gasoline Rationing Plan Walter Youngquist James H Kunstler Garrett Hardin David Pimentel John Perlin Clive Ponting Ward & Brownllee Laurie Garrett

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Converging Storms Cheap and plentiful energy has allowed us to hold existing environmental problems at bay, and to avoid the consequences of destroying and poisoning fisheries, forests, biodiversity, soil, water, and having a population that exceeds carrying capacity. R. Ratta, R. Lal Soil Quality and Soil Erosion The National Academy Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises Methane Burps: Ticking Time Bomb Dec 16, 2004 Baltimore Sun (potential for runaway greenhouse?) John Atcheson N. Middleton World Atlas of Desertification Edward O. Wilson 1) The Future of Life 2) The Diversity of Life The Empty Ocean: Plundering the World's Marine Life Richard Ellis Ocean species depleted by fishing: Worldwide numbers down 90 percent since the 1950s May 15, 2003 Washington.Post Rick Weiss Acid Earth: The Global Threat of Acid Pollution John McCormick Edward A. Laws Aquatic Pollution Life out of Bounds: BioInvasion in a Borderless World Chris Bright The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance Laurie Garrett Robert Glennon Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping & the Fate of America's Fresh Waters Population Politics: The Choices That Shape Our Future Virginia Abernethy Theo Colborn Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story The Limits to Growth: The 30 year update Donella Meadows A Conspiracy of Optimism: Management of the National Forests Since World War Two Paul W. Hirt Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry manipulates science, bends the law, and endangers your health Dan Fagin Asian Brown Cloud' poses global threat Marianne Bray Unborn babies soaked in chemicals, survey finds Maggie Fox 1,000 Times Too Many Humans? Jennifer Viegas Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up',12996,1447921,00.html Tim Radford Hopfenberg & PimentelHuman population numbers as a function of food supply. 2001. Environ Dev Sustain 3(1):1-15 Sierra Club First Anniversary of Superfund Bankruptcy 40% of world deaths due to environment factors Roger Segelken Trashing the Oceans An armada of plastic rides the waves, & sea creatures are suffering November 4 Thomas Hayden Terrorism Goes to Sea Nov/Dec 2004 Foreign Affairs G. Luft & A. Korin

Energy Slaves

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Buckminster Fuller

Energy slave unit = avg output of a man doing 150,000 foot-pounds of work per day 250 days per year. In low-energy societies, nonhuman energy slaves are horses, oxen, windmills, riverboats. Now, the average American has more than 8,000 energy-slaves at his or her disposal, and these slaves can work under extreme conditions: no sleep, 5,000° F, at 400,000 pounds per square inch pressure, etc”

Oil & Natural Gas
Oil is the main transportation energy source on land, air, and water; and the major feedstock for over half a million products, such as plastics, paint, medicine, roads (bitumen), solvents, inks, chemicals, etc. Natural gas is the feedstock for fertilizers that allow an extra five billion people to be alive than could otherwise exist on our finite planet.

Shale Oil
Randy Udall, & Steve Andrews

The Illusive Bonanza: Oil Shale in Colorado “Pulling the Sword from the Stone”

Alternative energy sources
Other sources of energy cannot deliver sufficient surpluses to replace the potent portable energy we know as gasoline and diesel. It is not generally understood that poorer quality energy sources can be critically dependant upon oil for their extraction, processing and distribution. In other words, oil is the precursor for other sources of energy; gas, coal, nuclear, solar, hydro, because these require oil fuel to create and maintain infrastructure. It also gives them the illusion of being "profitable".

Martin Hoffert, et al Advanced Technology Paths to Global Climate Stability: Energy for a Greenhouse Planet 1 Nov 2002 Hydrogen. Science

Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate Joseph J. Romm U.Bossel & B.Eliasson Energy and the Hydrogen Economy The Hydrogen Economy: Energy and Economic Black Hole Alice Friedemann

Solar (including Wind, Hydro, Biomass, and Photovoltaic)
Howard Hayden Ted Trainer The Solar Fraud: Why Solar Energy Won't Run the World Renewable Energy: What Are the Limits? Ethanol Takes more energy to make than you get -- but makes great moonshine -- so it's not a total loss

Thermodynamics of Energy Production from Biomass 2005 Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences Patzek, T & Pimentel, D BIOMASS Eventually soil structure and nutrition will be destroyed, turning the land into a desert N. Brady, R. Weil The Nature and Properties of Soils

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John Opie L. Wu E.ON Netz Corp. Incoteco (Denmark) Pacific NW National Laboratory
H Hirsch, O Becker, M Schneider, A Froggatt

175,000 square miles of land are going to turn into a dustbowl when the Ogallala aquifer is drained within the next two decades-- where is the land to grow energy crops going to come from? Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land


It's hard to find sites to put biomass plants: they need rail, natural gas, large amounts of water, no flooding potential, etc

Screening Study for Utilizing Feedstock's Grown on CRP Lands in a Biomass to Ethanol Production Facility German wind farm realities Danish windpower Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States Where the wind blows, how strong, and when: many regions are not suitable for wind production

Richard Wolfson Charles Hall et al. ASCE Env Protection Joel Bakan Stanton Glantz Marion Nestle Jack Doyle James C. Scott Steven A. LeBlanc William Catton Tim Flannery Judith Shapiro Michael Williams Nuclear Reactor Hazards: Ongoing Dangers of Operating Nuclear Technology in the 21st Century Nuclear Choices: A Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Technology Infrastructure New energy sources must maintain the infrastructure we built when oil had EROEI of 40-100 Hydrocarbons and the Evolution of Human Culture 20 Nov 2003 Nature 426, pp. 318–22 American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. 2005 The Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Gap Analysis. 2002. Office of Water Politics Why it's so hard to find a way out of our situation: the Human Political Animal The Corporation The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power Tobacco War: Inside the California Battles Food Politics How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Pollution Seeing Like a State. How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Human Ecology Why it's so hard to find a way out of our situation: homo sapiens in nature Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage Overshoot The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australian Lands and People Mao's War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China Deforesting the Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis

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Tim Flannery David Landes Jared Diamond

The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples Resource Allocation The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies [Pulitzer Prize winner]

The Environmental Movement’s Retreat From Advocating U.S. Population Stabilization (1970-1998). The years surrounding 1970 marked the coming of age of the modern environmental movement. As that movement approaches its fourth decade, perhaps the most striking change is the virtual abandonment by national environmental Roy Beck & Leon groups of U.S. population stabilization as an actively pursued goal. Kolankiewicz The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin A Special Moment in History May 1998 Atlantic Monthly Bill McKibben especially those by William Catton about Malthus All links at: Thomas Homer-Dixon Environment, Scarcity, and Violence Collapse The use of non-renewable fossil fuel to power civilization is a singular event - could collapse from energy
shortages come sooner than most people expect?

Donella Meadows Albert Bartlett Jared Diamond Robert Wright Matt Ridley Judith Harris Geoffrey Miller David Barash Sarah Hrdy Steven Pinker Lawrence Keeley

Nothing is So Powerful As an Exponential Whose Time Has Come Arithmetic, Population, and Energy Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Evolutionary Psychology & Biology The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People Mother Nature. A history of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection How the Mind Works Violence War before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage

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Philip Gourevitch Daniel Goldhagen Wrangham & Peterson Michael Ghiglieri Richard Rhodes Brian Greene Stephen Hawking Laurie Garrett Michael Novacek, et Nicholas Capaldi Robert Cialdini Carl Sagan Michael Shermer Charles Darwin Jonathan Weiner Carl Zimmer Edward O. Wilson Eric Schlosser Michael Maren Steven Stoll Kimbrell (editor) Richard C. Fluck Carolyn Johnsen

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans & the Holocaust Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist Science The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, & the Quest for the Ultimate Theory A Brief History of Time The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance BioInvasion & BioDiversity The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts Critical Thinking The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking. How to Win an Argument, Defend a Case, …. Influence: The Art of Persuasion The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Why People Believe Weird Things. Pseudoscience, superstition and other confusions Evolution On the Origin of Species & The Descent of Man The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time [Pulitzer Prize winner] Parasite Rex. Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures Putting it All Together Consilience. The Unity of Knowledge Industrial Agriculture Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal The Road to Hell The ravaging effects of foreign aid and international charity The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture Agricultural Energetics Raising a Stink: The Struggle over Factory Hog Farms in Nebraska The Future of Farming

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How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on John Jeavons Jim Bender Jeffrey F. Mount Sandra Postel Susan McCarthy Carl Safina Barry Lopez Holldobler & Wilson Steven Vogel Joanna Stratton Richard White Stephen Ambrose Robert Massie Barbara Tuchman Jean Gimpel George Huppert Susan George Michael Shermer Stephen J. Pyne Stephen J. Pyne Murry Taylor Mark Holloway
Less Land Than You Can Imagine

Future Harvest: Pesticide-Free Farming Water California Rivers & Streams. The Conflict between Fluvial Process & Land Use Pillar of Sand, Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? Natural History Becoming a Tiger: How baby animals learn to live in the wild Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival Of Wolves and Men Journey to the Ants Rolling Back the Clock Who knows how far back civilization will go? Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own. A New History of the American West. Undaunted Courage. Merriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West Peter the Great: His Life and World Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe How Rich Nations Steal From Poor Nations Faith and Credit: The World Bank's Secular Empire Morality & Ethics The Science of Good & Evil : Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, & Follow the Golden Rule Fire Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire Burning Bush, A Fire History of Australia Jumping Fire. A Smoke Jumper's memoir of fighting wildfire Inventing a New Society What worked, what failed, and why? Utopian Communities in America, 1680-1880

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California's Utopian Colonies America's Communal Utopias Helena Norberg-Hodge Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh What to do The Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies Howard T. Odum B. C. Mollison Permaculture: A Designers' Manual Ted Trainer The Alternative, Sustainable Society; the Simpler Way Powerdown : Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World Richard Heinberg The Party's Over: Oil, war, and the Fate of Industrial Societies Richard Heinberg Trashing the Planet Lament For An Ocean: The Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery: A True Story Michael Harris Thomas Hayden Trashing the Oceans W.Rathje & C.Murphy Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage. What our garbage tells us about ourselves WorldWatch Institute State of the World 2004 Groups involved with the issue of Peak Oil Post Carbon Institute select outposts or get involved Oil awareness Higher Education in America Murray Sperber Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education Investment Financial Reckoning Day William Bonner Stephen Leeb The Oil Factor How oil controls the economy & your financial future Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom Van K. Tharp The Coming Crash in the Housing Market John R. Talbot David / Tom Gardner The Motley Fool Investment Workbook

Robert Hine Donald E. Pitzer

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Peter Schweizer Zbigniew

Paul Roberts

Joseph Tainter

Shepherd Krech

E. N. Cameron

G. R. Lucas Herman E. Daly

John Gray

R B Lee & R H Daly

Lester Brown

United States Strategic Interest - read "The New Great Game" and "Sorrows Of Empire" instead Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy & its Geostrategic Imperatives Peak Oil The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World doesn't mention ecology, population, how ridiculous it is to think hydrogen can work. Has a lot of good material though, good explanation of why Bush went into Iraq and some other interesting items. Collapse of Civilizations
The collapse of complex societies. Has a lot of important material, told in the most boring pedantic manner imaginable. He discounts ecological reasons for collapse, so he didn't make the A list

Human Ecology

Why it's so hard to find a way out of our situation: homo sapiens in nature

The Ecological Indian: Myth and History Mineral depletion
AT THE CROSSROADS: The Mineral Problems of the United States - out of date now, has good introductory material

Ethics, new society
Lifeboat Ethics: The Moral Dilemmas of World Hunger For the Common Good

Human Nature
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

The Cambridge encyclopedia of hunters and gatherers

State of the World
Who will feed china?

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mo sapiens in nature 039332 W. W. 2000 1002 Norton


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