This book is about the importance of natural resources in the 21st century; how they affect living standards both in rich and poor countries and the consequences of natural resource degradation. Do we have the resources to provide enough food for an expected world population of over nine billion in 2050? Are modern agricultural practices sustainable? Do we have enough fresh water? What do we understand about climate change? Can we decarbonize the world economy? Can we save the oceans? Are genetically modified crops bad for the environment? Are we entering a new era of resource wars? These are some of the questions addressed in this ambitious and comprehensive book.


Are We Running Out? is a book that should be on the desk of everyone interested in the state of the world's environments. While many books deal with climate change, biodiversity, water, and the food problem, very few approach the world's environmental problems from a completely integrated perspective. This book shows how the use of resources fits into a historical continuum and how all resource use is interconnected. Ingrid Bryan compellingly argues that proper stewardship of natural resources is of planetary urgency, and unless we change we will leave a squandered, impoverished legacy for our children and grandchildren.


The book is multidisciplinary, comprehensive, objective, and jargon free, and it integrates the latest scientific evidence on resource use ranging from mineral resources and fossil fuels to the wider natural environment. It also provides suggestions for improvements in resource policies.


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What this book is about

This book is about the importance of natural resources in the 21st century; how they affect living standards both in rich and poor countries and the consequences of natural resource degradation. Do we have the resources to provide enough food for an expected world population of over nine billion in 2050? Are modern agricultural practices sustainable? Do we have enough fresh water? What do we understand about climate change? Can we decarbonize the world economy? Can we save the oceans? Are genetically modified crops bad for the environment? Are we entering a new era of resource wars? These are some of the questions addressed in this ambitious and comprehensive book.


Are We Running Out? is a book that should be on the desk of everyone interested in the state of the world's environments. While many books deal with climate change, biodiversity, water, and the food problem, very few approach the world's environmental problems from a completely integrated perspective. This book shows how the use of resources fits into a historical continuum and how all resource use is interconnected. Ingrid Bryan compellingly argues that proper stewardship of natural resources is of planetary urgency, and unless we change we will leave a squandered, impoverished legacy for our children and grandchildren.


The book is multidisciplinary, comprehensive, objective, and jargon free, and it integrates the latest scientific evidence on resource use ranging from mineral resources and fossil fuels to the wider natural environment. It also provides suggestions for improvements in resource policies