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Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto is the sixth book by Stewart Brand, published by Viking Penguin in 2009. He sees Earth and people propelled by three transformations: climate change (global warming), urbanization and biotechnology.

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto is the sixth book by Stewart Brand, published by Viking Penguin in 2009. Brand tackles "touchy issues" like nuclear power, genetic engineering and geoengineering, "fully aware that many of the environmentalist readers he hopes to reach will start out disagreeing with him".

Praise for Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand. Stewart Brand defines iconoclastic, and has now raised the bar with the most important work of his lifetime, likely one of the most original and important books of the century. If Mr. Brand is right, maybe some greens will rediscover the enthusiasm for technology expressed in his famous line at the start of The Whole Earth Catalog: ‘We are as gods and might as well get good at i. -John Tierney, The New York Times. As the title connotes, the writing is about disciplined thinking.

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STEWART BRAND trained originally as an ecologist. His legendary Whole Earth Catalog (1968-1985) won the National Book Award in 1972

STEWART BRAND trained originally as an ecologist. His legendary Whole Earth Catalog (1968-1985) won the National Book Award in 1972. Brand, whose previous books include The Media Lab, How Buildings Learn, and The Clock of the Long Now, is president and cofounder of The Long Now Foundation and cofounder of Global Business Network. Start reading Whole Earth Discipline on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of myths and presents counterintuitive observations on why cities are actually greener than countryside, how nuclear power is the future of energy, and why genetic engineering is the key to crop and land management

Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of myths and presents counterintuitive observations on why cities are actually greener than countryside, how nuclear power is the future of energy, and why genetic engineering is the key to crop and land management. With a combination of scientific rigor and passionate advocacy, Brand shows us exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offers a bold and inventive set of policies and solutions for creating a more sustainable society

This prescription, from the founder of that quintessential 1960s publication the Whole Earth Catalog, comes as a. .

This prescription, from the founder of that quintessential 1960s publication the Whole Earth Catalog, comes as a surprise. And his eclectically informative new book makes the most of it. I care about the Earth, and especially about the fate of humanity, says Brand. I have changed my mind about how to exercise that care, and so should you. He builds his case skilfully, weaving together a wealth of sources.

Much more than DSCOVR, though, Brand wants us to break free from our various ideological shackles and to begin focusing on the task at hand - saving civilisation

Much more than DSCOVR, though, Brand wants us to break free from our various ideological shackles and to begin focusing on the task at hand - saving civilisation. Whole Earth Discipline: an Ecopragmatist Manifesto is a rich, compelling guide to how old wisdom can combine with new technologies to help civilisation survive man-made climate change. But it should be read as much for its dissection of the way ideologies distort decision-making onscience and technology

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He is the author of several books, most recently Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto A few of Brand's aphorisms (on which he has elaborated) are that "Civilization's shortening attention span is mismatched with the pace of environmental problems"; "Environmental health requires peace, prosperity, and continuity; "Technology can be good for the environment"; and (perhaps most famously) "Information wants to.

An icon of the environmental movement outlines a provocative approach for reclaiming our planet According to Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization?half the world?s population now lives in cities, and eighty percent will by midcentury?is altering humanity?s land impact and wealth. And biotechnology is becoming the world?s dominant engineering tool. In light of these changes, Brand suggests that environmentalists are going to have to reverse some longheld opinions and embrace tools that they have traditionally distrusted. Only a radical rethinking of traditional green pieties will allow us to forestall the cataclysmic deterioration of the earth?s resources. Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of myths and presents counterintuitive observations on why cities are actually greener than countryside, how nuclear power is the future of energy, and why genetic engineering is the key to crop and land management. With a combination of scientific rigor and passionate advocacy, Brand shows us exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offers a bold and inventive set of policies and solutions for creating a more sustainable society. In the end, says Brand, the environmental movement must become newly responsive to fast-moving science and take up the tools and discipline of engineering. We have to learn how to manage the planet?s global-scale natural infrastructure with as light a touch as possible and as much intervention as necessary.

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto epub download

ISBN13: 978-0670021215

ISBN: 0670021210

Author: Stewart Brand

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Politics & Government

Language: English

Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (October 15, 2009)

Pages: 336 pages

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Dordred
This is the most important book I have read in a decade with respect to the environmental problems we face. Brand has impeccable credentials as an environmentalist and he has done a 180 degree turn and now advocates nuclear energy as fast as possible to avoid the worst of the train wreck climate change coming fast on us. He compelling shows how solar and wind cannot do the job fast enough, if ever, because we'd need literally a continent-sized area covered with solar and wind to power the great cities of the world. Renewable works for small towns and individuals but not cities of 10 million people crammed together.

Finally, and here is the kicker. Even with going nuclear and renewable fast, we STILL probably will need to Geo-engineer the atmosphere with aerosols to reflect sunlight and prevent the tropics and some of the mid-latitudes from becoming so hot that humans literally cannot live there. I heard today on the radio that these temperatures already have hit India and other tropical countries-- days over 110 degrees F at 80% humidity--and the numbers of days like this are increasing. In the American west, temperatures today reached all time record highs well above 100 degrees (but dry). Hence the fires. And in the Arctic today, temperatures were in the 90's meaning if this continues in the future, the methane there buried in the permafrost will burp out to drive the warming spectacularly faster than even now. Forget methane leaking from fracking folks, this methane emission will be hundreds of times greater.

It's well worth reading this book to see if you have the emotional fortitude to reset your environmental thinking from the past to the future and help decide what to do when the going gets really tough, which most climatologists I know think will be in the next ten years, if not sooner. Basically, the runaway climate horse is out of the barn now and there is no way to really bring it back in the short term--which is what we have to think in terms of, not Paris Climate or other half-assed accords that reduce the problem so slightly to be inconsequential. I found this book to be so important I'm preparing a lecture based, in part on it, as an address to a large earth science society that I will be president of in 2020.
Dordred
This is the most important book I have read in a decade with respect to the environmental problems we face. Brand has impeccable credentials as an environmentalist and he has done a 180 degree turn and now advocates nuclear energy as fast as possible to avoid the worst of the train wreck climate change coming fast on us. He compelling shows how solar and wind cannot do the job fast enough, if ever, because we'd need literally a continent-sized area covered with solar and wind to power the great cities of the world. Renewable works for small towns and individuals but not cities of 10 million people crammed together.

Finally, and here is the kicker. Even with going nuclear and renewable fast, we STILL probably will need to Geo-engineer the atmosphere with aerosols to reflect sunlight and prevent the tropics and some of the mid-latitudes from becoming so hot that humans literally cannot live there. I heard today on the radio that these temperatures already have hit India and other tropical countries-- days over 110 degrees F at 80% humidity--and the numbers of days like this are increasing. In the American west, temperatures today reached all time record highs well above 100 degrees (but dry). Hence the fires. And in the Arctic today, temperatures were in the 90's meaning if this continues in the future, the methane there buried in the permafrost will burp out to drive the warming spectacularly faster than even now. Forget methane leaking from fracking folks, this methane emission will be hundreds of times greater.

It's well worth reading this book to see if you have the emotional fortitude to reset your environmental thinking from the past to the future and help decide what to do when the going gets really tough, which most climatologists I know think will be in the next ten years, if not sooner. Basically, the runaway climate horse is out of the barn now and there is no way to really bring it back in the short term--which is what we have to think in terms of, not Paris Climate or other half-assed accords that reduce the problem so slightly to be inconsequential. I found this book to be so important I'm preparing a lecture based, in part on it, as an address to a large earth science society that I will be president of in 2020.
Der Bat
A Readers Digest - condensed edition - on the topic of sustainability, not a coherent depiction, this book represents collected knowledge of the authors's "long now foundation" in 2008.

Very mind altering and helpful, a real update to what I meant to know before I read this book. Although I am not of his opinion in some respects, I am 100% congruent with his perspective which was my own long before I found the "long now foundation":

Sustainability means to alter one's behavior to sustain human life on this planet for - say - another 10.000 years.

Example: If you want electric power for everyone there seems to be no way but to replace coal fired plants by Thorium fired plants.

Why? In 200 years all fossile energy sources including Uranium will be depleted and we will very possible see a catastrophic climate change induced by human activity long before that date if we really burn all of these. Renewables are very fine and we should use the maximum amount of these. But:

1) wind and solar are and will be much more expensive than coal and not everyone will be able to afford these
2) wind and solar need a lot of space such that they cannot be applied to every usage scenario
3) even if we start investing into wind and solar we will never cover all energy needs of 9 Billion people in 2050
4) wind energy depends on wind blowing, solar depends on sun shining. That is why they need complimentary power which can not be fossile in the long run. As water power or biogas is not available in most places and not in the necessary amount, there will never be enough complimentary. Alternative will be Electricity storage which is roughly 20 Cent per Kilowatt hour at its cheapest, adding again to the cost
5) Complete failure of Germany to pull that thing off is proof enough for the rest of the World: at a projected cost of more 1.000 Billion Euros in subsidies promised by current law they did manage actually increase the spillout of CO2!

Burning Thorium is the one solution that will power our world for the next 20.000 years, based on the knowledge of today.
Der Bat
A Readers Digest - condensed edition - on the topic of sustainability, not a coherent depiction, this book represents collected knowledge of the authors's "long now foundation" in 2008.

Very mind altering and helpful, a real update to what I meant to know before I read this book. Although I am not of his opinion in some respects, I am 100% congruent with his perspective which was my own long before I found the "long now foundation":

Sustainability means to alter one's behavior to sustain human life on this planet for - say - another 10.000 years.

Example: If you want electric power for everyone there seems to be no way but to replace coal fired plants by Thorium fired plants.

Why? In 200 years all fossile energy sources including Uranium will be depleted and we will very possible see a catastrophic climate change induced by human activity long before that date if we really burn all of these. Renewables are very fine and we should use the maximum amount of these. But:

1) wind and solar are and will be much more expensive than coal and not everyone will be able to afford these
2) wind and solar need a lot of space such that they cannot be applied to every usage scenario
3) even if we start investing into wind and solar we will never cover all energy needs of 9 Billion people in 2050
4) wind energy depends on wind blowing, solar depends on sun shining. That is why they need complimentary power which can not be fossile in the long run. As water power or biogas is not available in most places and not in the necessary amount, there will never be enough complimentary. Alternative will be Electricity storage which is roughly 20 Cent per Kilowatt hour at its cheapest, adding again to the cost
5) Complete failure of Germany to pull that thing off is proof enough for the rest of the World: at a projected cost of more 1.000 Billion Euros in subsidies promised by current law they did manage actually increase the spillout of CO2!

Burning Thorium is the one solution that will power our world for the next 20.000 years, based on the knowledge of today.
Whitecaster
This book was very thought provoking. I am fairly familiar with most ecological concepts. I was once a science teacher when science was simpler. But, this got me thinking in some other ways. Paradigm shifts, they call them. It was well written with vocabulary level within lay range. It is now getting a bit dated, but the ideas are still worthy, and still mostly unadopted. It should be mandatory reading for elected officials.
Whitecaster
This book was very thought provoking. I am fairly familiar with most ecological concepts. I was once a science teacher when science was simpler. But, this got me thinking in some other ways. Paradigm shifts, they call them. It was well written with vocabulary level within lay range. It is now getting a bit dated, but the ideas are still worthy, and still mostly unadopted. It should be mandatory reading for elected officials.