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Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution Paperback – 12 October 2000
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- ASIN : 0316353000
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; 1st edition (12 October 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780316353007
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316353007
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.86 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 21,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not just for hippies!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2009
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Author Misses Important DetailsReviewed in the United States on 27 February 2018
This book has some excellent concepts on a macro scale but the author really misses some important details making some of the ideas ‘fanciful’. For instance, the author dedicated the better part of a chapter to hydrogen powered cars but never mentions the amount of energy necessary to split hydrogen from water. This seemingly minor fundamentally undermines the feasibility of the first chapter of the book. I am all for alternative fuels but I am also an engineer whom has an appreciation for what is and is not a viable approach. Since this book was published, electric cars have made huge technological advancements because of their overall energy efficiency and use of the existing electric grid for charging. Electric cars can also be charged from solar panels on your home. In any case, the author didn’t do enough homework on some of these concepts and arbitrary attempted to pick winning and losing technologies. The overall concept portrayed is great but the pages dedicated to impractical alternatives detracts significantly from the authors theme.
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Ecosystems and natural resources contribute tens of trillions of dollars a year to modern economiesReviewed in the United States on 10 May 2021
The first chapter of this book entitled "The Next Industrial Revolution" summarizes the idea of natural capital as the ecosystems and natural resources on which most of the modern economy is built and operated. Natural capital is valued in the tens of trillions of dollars and produces output every year far greater than large corporations and entire nations. Another concept introduced is human capital, which is also valued in many trillions of dollars. Industrial capital, or what is generally called capitalism, relies on natural and human capital being ready to use. Given the priority of natural capital, the authors claim that government policies should conserve ecosystems. The results of activism since the early 2000s, when these ideas were extensively debated in academia and published, though, are virtually non-existent. Ecosystems all over the world have been in rapid decline, particularly in the tropics and the oceans, and their contribution to the world economy -- once in the tens of trillions of dollars -- is set to decline by billions and trillions every year until the ecosystems, and their economic output, are reduced to very diminished levels. If governments are to conserve these areas and promote efficiency this will require ongoing spending and investments, a strong Dollar policy, and new treaties so that the Global South participates as much as the US.