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How will humans adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth? The Limits to Growth addressed this grand question 40 years ago, predicting that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoing growth in the human ecological footprint would stop-either through catastrophic "overshoot and collapse," -or through well-managed "peak and decline."
So, where are we now? And what does our future look like? In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next 40 years. One of the original co-authors of The Limits to Growth, Randers asks dozens of experts to weigh in with their best predictions on how our economies, energy supplies, natural resources, climate, food, fisheries, militaries, political divisions, cities, psyches, and more will take shape in the coming decades. He then synthesizes these scenarios into a global forecast of life as we will most likely know it in the years ahead.
The good news: We will see impressive advances in resource efficiency and an increasing focus on human well-being (rather than on per capita income growth). But this change might not come as we expect. Future growth in population and gross domestic product, for instance, will be constrained in surprising ways-by rapid fertility decline as a result of increased urbanization, productivity decline as a result of social unrest, and continuing poverty among the poorest 2 billion world citizens. Runaway global warming, too, is likely.
So, how do we prepare for the years ahead? With heart, fact and wisdom, Randers guides us along a realistic path into the future and discusses what readers can do to ensure a better life for themselves and their children during the increasing turmoil of the next 40 years.
Author: Jorgen Randers
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Claire Robinson, the hot new Food Network star of 5 Ingredient Fix and Food Network Challenge, helps people get dinner on the table with little fuss and a few great ingredients.
The quest for simple, affordable, and fresh, mouthwatering food is over. 5 Ingredient Fix helps put delicious and sophisticated meals on the table in a snap. With people struggling to simplify, streamline, and budget, Robinson is here to help. Cooking doesn't have to be complicated to be impressive; simplifying the process with fewer ingredients saves time, frustration, and ultimately, money. From breakfast treats like Brioche French Toast with Strawberries and Cream to no-fuss meals like Grown-up Grilled Cheese and Iceberg Wedges with Buttermilk Dressing to a romantic dinner of Grilled Scallops with Saffron Aioli and Green Goddess Rice, all of Robinson's recipes have five or fewer ingredients. A quick trip to the supermarket for one bag of groceries, and a delicious, restaurant-quality meal can be on the table in no time.
Author: Claire Robinson
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David Petersen lives and breathes elk and their rugged backcountry. He walks their walk, talks their talk, and relates to them so completely he'd say elk helped make him the man he is today. Stalk the trails, experience the passion, the drive and the life-changing lessons as they unfold. Learn what it means to be A Man Made of Elk.
Author: David Petersen
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Once we could fill our grocery carts with cheap and plentiful food, but not anymore. Cheap food has gone the way of cheap oil. Climate change is already reducing crop yields worldwide. The cost of flying in food from far away and shipping it across the country in refrigerated trucks is rapidly becoming unviable. Cars and cows increasingly devour grain harvests, sending prices skyrocketing. More Americans than ever before require food stamps and food pantries just to get by, and a worldwide food crisis is unfolding, overseas and in our kitchens.
We can keep hunger from stalking our families, but doing so will require a fundamental shift in our approach to field and table. A Nation of Farmers examines the limits and dangers of the globalized food system and shows how returning to the basics is our best hope. The book includes in-depth guidelines for:
The book argues that we need to make self-provisioning, once the most ordinary of human activities, central to our lives. The results will be better food, better health, better security, and freedom from corporations that don’t have our interests at heart.
This is critical reading for anyone who eats and cares about high-quality food.
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Author: Sharon Astyk
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This 163-page book ranks all model year 2003 cars and trucks according to environmental friendliness. Shoppers can compare cars, vans, pickups and SUVs.
Author: John DeCico & James Kliesch
Hear David Blume extol the virtues of ethanol fuel in this two hour lecture, originally given to the Green Party of Nevada City, Calif. In this video, you'll learn the history of gasoline and how ethanol fuel has been attacked by the oil industry.
Author: David Blume
Stories and poems about working border collies, sheep, family and life on the land.
Author: T Yamamoto
Celebrated food historian and cookbook writer William Woys Weaver delves deeply into the history of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine to sort fact from fiction in the foodlore of this culture. Through interviews with contemporary Pennsylvania Dutch cooks and extensive research into cookbooks and archives, As American as Shoofly Pie offers a comprehensive and counterintuitive cultural history of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, its roots and regional characteristics, its communities and class divisions, and, above all, its evolution into a uniquely American style of cookery.
Author: William Woys Weaver
A lighthearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm lore, Barnyard Confidential covers everything you need to know about living in the country, from courting to dealing with manure, root picking to rat catching, winter chores to tractor restoration, hay mows to outhouses … anything and everything related to farm life. Entries from well-known country authors like E. B. White, Gwen Petersen, Roger Welsch and Patricia Penton Leimbach range from funny definitions to full stories and are illustrated throughout with a charming mix of fun, nostalgic, black-and-white photos and illustrations. These stories are both humorous and practical and will remind you why you often have a love-hate relationship with rural living. Before you move to the country (or even if you already live there), learn all the secrets to success from Barnyard Confidential.
Featured authors include: Eric Sloane, Roger Welsch, Gwen Petersen, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Bob Artley, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Hamlin Garland, E. B. White, Jerry Stelmok, Louis Bromfield, Bob Becker, William Hazlett Upson, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Jerry L. Twedt, Michael Perry, Willa Cather, Jerry Apps, Josh Billings, Michael Dregni, Jared Van Wagenen Jr., Hugh Orchard, Dorothy Canfield, Virginia Bell Dabney, Tom Anderson, Ronald Jager, Margret Aldrich, Bill Vossler, and Gordon Green.
Author: Melinda Keefe
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This educational CD-ROM includes presentations designed to guide you through a detailed inspection of your home or business and its potential energy problems. Learning to complete an energy audit of your structure will help you to pinpoint where energy problems occur, allowing you to make effective and affordable changes to reduce energy consumption.
The Basic Energy Audit software is also included in the complete Basic Energy Audit Kit.
When Rainy Gorden, a Harvey tour guide in New Mexico, hears of the theft of some Hopi artifacts, she soon finds that the man she loves sees her as the prime suspect. All the evidence points to her ... and time is running out to prove her innocence.
Author: Tracie Peterson
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Whether you're interested in starting a new garden or improving last year's bed, Mother Earth News' Gardening Made Easy E-Book has something for you. This new collection of articles guides you through the complete gardening process, from soil preparation to timing your harvest to get the best flavor for your efforts.
These helpful, informative articles come directly from our pages. We've combed through the Mother Earth News archive and put together the best pieces on everything from building fertile soil and finding and growing great seeds to choosing a tiller and building versatile, inexpensive hoop houses to improve your planting options and harvest.
Today's increased fuel costs continue to drive up the price of supermarket goods. News reports of the threats posed by chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to both people and the environment appear with increasing frequency. In the midst of conflicting reports and often confusing information, homegrown food is a simple, healthful alternative for you and your family. Good for your pocketbook, great for your health and easy on the environment, a backyard garden is a win-win solution to many of the obstacles faced in today's conscientious living.
*PC/Mac requirements: CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat Reader (available from Adobe.com.)
Author: MOTHER EARTH NEWS
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