What others say...

"Contemporary debates over such central global issues as climate change, biodiversity and food security often come down to facts about resource use. Yet too often the role of natural resources is ignored or masked in partisan verbiage from various sides of the political spectrum.

Are We Running Out? addresses this gap with a factually rich, dispassionate analysis that seeks to answer a simple question. What is the current state of professional knowledge about different types of resources?  Avoiding the easy answers, Bryan weaves together ideas from a host of disciplines. the result is something unique: a magisterial survey of the global environmental conundrum which humanity has created for itself.

No reader can come away from these pages without having gained a richer sense of this conundrum. Nor can they remain unmoved by Bryan's urgent call to action."

Mark Lovewell, Interim editor

Literary Review of Canada.


"As a species we have an unlimited capacity for ignoring uncomfortable truths. Anyone who reads Ingrid Bryan's thoroughly researched and wise book will no longer be able to deny that we are facing a global crisis of sustainability for human life on this planet. We owe her a debt of gratitude for laying it out so clearly and in such a compelling way."

Margaret Macmillan

Warden of St Anthony's College

Oxford University

"Ingrid Bryan's timely new book addresses a central question for a world dependent on natural resources: Are we running out? Professor Bryan explores this question as it relates to fossil fuels and minerals, biodiversity, fresh water, agriculture, ocean resources, and the world's forests. The author's expertise in natural resource economics unifies a wide-ranging comprehensive discussion that draws on insights from a broad array of disciplines. This book is essential reading for those seeking information on the natural resources that future generations will inherit and on policy directions that can lead to better outcomes."

Robert T. Deacon

Professor Emeritus of Economics

University of California, Santa Barbara