|aWasted world :|bhow our consumption challenges the planet /|cRob Hengeveld.
|aChicago ;|aLondon :|bThe University of Chicago Press,|c2012.
|axviii, 337 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -337) and index.
|aNatural processes -- The nature of life: making waste -- Nature goes in cycles -- Ongoing processes in the human population -- Population growth and its limitations -- The growing problem of mankind -- Population growth and agricultural production -- Population growth and industrial production -- Agribusiness and corporate states -- Exhausting and wasting our resources -- Peak oil and beyond -- Limited resources -- Man-made waste -- When it's gone, it's gone -- Exhausting and wasting our environment -- Our freshwater is running out! -- Polluting the air and warming our climate -- Deforestation and its consequences -- The loss of biodiversity -- Wasted land -- Toward a collapse of our society -- Processes within the human population -- What is overpopulation? -- Bursting out of Eden -- Urbanization -- Migration -- The spread of diseases -- The dynamic structure of society -- Processes within the global society -- From a concrete to an abstract world -- The energy and information content of society -- Can our world population collapse? -- The persistence of mankind -- Another future for our human world? -- The road we took, and the way forward -- The emperor's new clothes.
In Wasted World, Rob Hengeveld reveals how a long history of human consumption has left our world drowning in this waste.This is a compelling and urgent work that traces the related histories of population growth and resource consumption.