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  • Thu, Sep 13, 2012 - 12:25am



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    Recommended reads

Hi all,

We're not a particulalry chatty group I've noticed 🙂

Anyone have any good recommendations for books they've read? 

I've read a few books this year that have impacted on me.  'The Weather Makers' and '6 Degrees' were both excellent climate change related books.  I also enjoyed 'The Great Disruption' by Paul Gilding, again climate change related but with a focus on how it will impact society as a whole, I recall the author's personal opinion is that around 2018 he thinks we'll be well underway to being significantly impacted by climate events for other areas (food/finance) to be disrupted enough to begin 'collapse'.  I've also read 'The Long Emergency', which of course is really Americocentric and although I appreciated the read I didn't quite find myself sharing all of the Author's sentiments when it came to what collapse would look like; however I have a feeling it will look very different depending on what part of the world you're in and even in which specific locality/region you're located. 

So does anyone else have anything they've read that has particulalry resonated with them on these subjects?  I'm always looking for a good book to read 🙂


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    Several books worth checking …

Renee –
Several books I can suggest – these mainly relate to Climate Change issues.
For more information and opinions on these books I suggest you look them up in (say) Amazon and read other people’s reviews.

The Handbook
Surviving and Living with Climate Change
by Jane Rawson and James Whitmore
295 pages.
Transit Lounge Publishing 2015
ISBN 978-1-921924-93-4

Even though written in 2015, it is an excellent non-technical introduction – plus it’s written from the Australian perspective.

Preparing your mind
Reducing your Vulnerability
Living with Loss

For full details of content, see


Climate Change
What Everyone Needs to Know
by Joseph Romm
Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 2018
ISBN 978-0-19-086610-5

Covers several sections over 282 pages, including
Climate Science Basics
Extreme Weather and Climate Change
Projected Climate Impacts
Avoiding the Worst Impacts
Climate Politics and Policies
The Role of Clean Energy
Climate Change and You

It is slightly technical, but a good primer.


How is Energy-Rich Australia Running Out of Electricity
by Matthew Warren
Affirm Press 2019
ISBN 9781925870176

An excellent book explaining Australia’s current policy shambles regarding electricity.
Is basically non-technical, but where needed technicalities are lucidly explained.


2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years
by Jorgen Randers
Chelsea Green Publishing 2012

A largely technical book.
A Report to the ‘Club of Rome’ commemorating the 40th Anniversary of [publication in 1972] of ‘The Limits of Growth’.
Worrying about the Future
Five Big Issues toward 2052
The Logic behind My Forecast
Population and Consumption to 2052
Energy and CO2 to 2052
Food and Footprint to 2052
The Nonmaterial Future to 2052
The Zeitgeist to 2052
Reflections on the Future
Five Regional Futures
Comparison with Other Futures
What Should I Do?


Prosperity Without Growth
Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow
by Tim Jackson
Routledge 2017 – Second Edition
ISBN 9781138935419

Written from the perspective of Economics … and depends on our willingness to change.

The limits to Growth
Prosperity Lost
Redefining Prosperity
The dilemma of growth
The myth of decoupling
The ‘iron cage’ of consumerism
Flourishing – within limits
Foundations for the economy of tomorrow
Towards a ‘post-growth’ macroeconomics
A progressive State
A lasting prosperity

from the back cover: “What can prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?”



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