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The End of Growth Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non negotiable natural limits.Richard Heinberg s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors Resource depletion Environmental impacts Crushing levels of debtThese converging limits will force us to re evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth s budget of energy and resources We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well being, rather than continuing to pursue the now unattainable prize of ever expanding GDP.Richard Heinberg is the author of nine previous books, including The Party s Over, Peak Everything, and Blackout A senior fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, Heinberg is one of the world s foremost peak oil educators and an effective communicator of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. Free Read The End of Growth author Richard Heinberg For Kindle ePUB or eBook – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. This is a tough book to review because basically, it depends on the audience Generally, though, I like the book and agree with the thesis Heinberg s book is right in all major respects, well written, and important Please consider this a five star review if you are asking yourself, what s all this talk about peak oil or if your last encounter with the idea of limits to the economy is dim memories of reading The Limits to Growth in the 1970 s On the other hand, if you regularly peruse t This is a tough book to review because basically, it depends on the audience Generally, though, I like the book and agree with the thesis Heinberg s book is right in all major respects, well written, and important Please consider this a five star review if you are asking yourself, what s all this talk about peak oil or if your last encounter with the idea of limits to the economy is dim memories of reading The Limits to Growth in the 1970 s On the other hand, if you regularly peruse the Peak Oil News from ASPO USA , the Energy Bulletin, the Oil Drum, the The Crash Course, or Gail Tverberg s blog , you will find very little that you don t already know two or th...

  2. The book effectively uses representative and systematic data to argue we are in ecological overshoot and economic overshoot Either one is alarming together they sound a critical alarm if only it can be heard The author distinguishes between economies the exchange of goods and services and economics a money based model of an economy Fractional reserve banking, debt based currencies, and displacing externalities allow the two to diverge significantly As a result, our financial accounting syst The book effectively uses representative and systematic data to argue we are in ecological overshoot and economic overshoot Either one is alarming together they sound a critical alarm if only it can be heard The author distinguishes between economies the exchange of goods and services and economics a money based model of an economy Fractional reserve banking, debt based currencies, and displacing externalities allow the two to diverge significantly As a result, our financial accounting systems are giving us false signals We live in a world with ever increasing levels of financial debt public and private We are also depleting the earth s natural resources, including fresh water, fertile soil, forests, marine ecosystems, biodiversity, fossil fuels, minerals, and pollution sinks Since debt rep...

  3. Not my usual genre but I enjoyed the history of economics and the fact that the author did try to put a positive spin on the future of humanity at the end For the most part, this book provided an honest look at our situation as it is and what we are he...

  4. I was extremely disappointed with this book It fails to persuade at all I m a massive proponent of sustainability and I also believe that GDP is an inappropriate measure for tracking the development of a sophisticated society.The peak everything sections are OK but as with many of these writers the implication is that disaster starts now It doesn t Things will get worse, in terms of availability and price, with different resources at different times The responses to each will be different a I was extremely disappointed with this book It fails to persuade at all I m a massive proponent of sustainability and I also believe that GDP is an inappropriate measure for tracking the development of a sophisticated society.The peak everything sections are OK but as with many of these writers the implication is that disaster starts now It doesn t Things will get worse, in terms of availability and price, with different resources at different times The responses to each will be different and impacts will be different depending in the country and even the region within a country you happen to live in.The simplistic assumption that the price of oil and other things nearing peak will spike then fall creating recession followed by growth and that in turn means no long term investment in alternatives is possible is silly While the spiking is true the underlying trend is consistently upward Plus the co...

  5. While reading this book I couldn t help but continually reflect back on my reading of Abundance , by Peter Diamandis Both are really good books with powerfully contrasting arguments and outlooks for humanity in the not so far off future I think the two books should be read in tandem Abundance is so overly optimistic in its views that even I was momentarily beguiled into its slipstream of persuasive perspectives on the infinite ability of technological innovation to fuel man s ambition to exp While reading this book I couldn t help but continually reflect back on my reading of Abundance , by Peter Diamandis Both are really good books with powerfully contrasting arguments and outlooks for humanity in the not so far off future I think the two books should be read in tandem Abundance is so overly optimistic in its views that even I was momentarily beguiled into its slipstream of persuasive perspectives on the infinite ability of technological innovation to fuel man s ambition to expand and survive abundantly It is a great read, full of amazing examples and arguments on why the innovative human mind somehow finds a way, but its arguments are constructed within a framework that is deeply flawed a scaffol...

  6. This is by far the most comprehensive and honest analysis of our global economy and where it s headed than anything else I have read A must read for anyone who is concerned about what the future might be like.

  7. The first one hundred or so pages can be skipped if one has a basic understanding of economics and what happened during the global financial crisis This was retelling, a long way to set the scene and provided little insight.From page 100, the author s discussion of natural resources, scarcity and depleting natural capital is one of the reasons for end of growth Has the passage of time served this book well Not so sure Commodity price fell due to lack of demand , oil coal is now tradin The first one hundred or so pages can be skipped if one has a basic understanding of economics and what happened during the global financial crisis This was retelling, a long way to set the scene and provided little insight.From page 100, the author s discussion of natural resources, scarcity and depleting natural capital is one of the reasons for end of growth Has the passage of time served this book well Not so sure Commodity price fell due to lack of demand , oil coal is now trading around USD 50 from highs The inevitable ...

  8. Clearly written without an overload of details this book makes the case for all of us I have never understood why mainstream economic theory ignored the impact of a huge population Even as that impact has grown, classical economists continue to use outmoded theories of macroeconomics, ignore effects of the flow of capital, and refuse to acknowledge that there could be a limit to the resources so many billions of people use or need like water Isn t that a requirement for life Like air Will t Clearly written without an overload of details this book makes the case for all of us I have never understood why mainstream economic theory ignored the impact of a huge population Even as that impact has grown, classical economists continue to use outmoded theories of macroeconomics, ignore effects of the flow of capital, and refuse to acknowledge that there could be a limit to the resources so many billions of people use or need like wate...

  9. I agree with the other reviewers that this book does a very good job of stating the problem, and outlining how our current economic system is done for, but doesn t offer a clear, easy solution Well, that s because the solution won t be easy The first step is to convince enough people of the problem This book adds to that discussion But, of course, is mostly preaching to the choir It s up to those of us who have read it, and other similar books, and have seen for ourselves what is going on t I agree with the other reviewers that this book does a very good job of stating the problem, and outlining how our current economic system is done for, but doesn t offer a clear, easy solution Well, that s because the solution won t be easy The first step is to convince enough people of the problem This book adds to that discussion But, of course, is ...

  10. Terrific book Highly recommended Although great ideas, some of the solutions are so far away from any political will to implement that they seem almost impossible The detail to which the author details the issues and causes is at times almost overwhelming.