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Date: 28 Aug 2012

Review of “Rise and fall of the carbon civilisation: resolving global environmental and resource problems” by Patrick Moriarty and Damon Honnery

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Moriarty, Patrick and Honnery, Damon

Rise and fall of the carbon civilisation: resolving global environmental and resource problems

London, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag; 2011.

218 pages, ISBN 978-1-84996-482-1

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now the highest that it has ever been for nearly one million years, and potentially much longer. Various solutions have been proposed, which shall move us to a carbon-neutral civilisation to avoid a dangerous climatic change and also to be responsive to the future depletion of conventional fossil fuel. Within this book, most of the important technical mitigation solutions are presented in a comprehensive, well-structured way. Furthermore, the authors discuss the widespread and excessive technological optimism and show that no combination of technical mitigation solutions will lead to an ecologically sustainable society if economic growth continues.

The first chapter introduces the problems that arise during t