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The collapse of complex societies
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ISBN: 9780521386739 Year: 2011 Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge university press,

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Any explanation of political collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all complex societies in both the present and future. Dr Tainter describes nearly two dozen cases of collapse and reviews more than 2000 years of explanations. He then develops a new and far-reaching theory that accounts for collapse among diverse kinds of societies, evaluating his model and clarifying the processes of disintegration by detailed studies of the Roman, Mayan and Chacoan collapses.


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The collapse of complex societies
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ISBN: 0521340926 Year: 1988 Volume: *15 Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University press


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The collapse of complex societies
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ISBN: 052138673X Year: 1990 Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University press

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L'effondrement des sociétés complexes
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ISBN: 9782355120510 235512051X Year: 2013 Publisher: Aube ; [Paris] : Le Retour aux sources,

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Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
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ISBN: 9781441976772 Year: 2012 Publisher: New York, NY Springer New York


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Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
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ISBN: 1441976760 9786613350831 1283350831 1441976779 Year: 2012 Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Copernicus,

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For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover. A world expert on oil technology and one of our foremost social commentators, the author of “The Collapse of Complex Societies,” join forces to: Lead you on a fascinating tour from the events on the Deepwater Horizon to the processes in society that made the tragedy nearly inevitable Explain the energy-complexity spiral that governs our way of life Take you beyond the headlines, finger pointing, and political punditry to the underlying causes of the Gulf catastrophe Help decision-makers from all walks of life to understand the risks and challenges of managing complex organizations Discuss energy options for the future Praise for Drilling Down: In this book, Joseph Tainter and Tadeusz Patzek use the Gulf oil spill as a point of entry to discuss our energy future. For those of us who watched the oil spill from afar, this book provides the technical background to help us understand it, something that was never available from the media. For those like me, who are interested in the role of energy in the rise and fall of civilizations, this is a must read. --Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge.

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BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010. --- Drilling platforms -- Accidents -- Mexico, Gulf of. --- Energy policy -- United States. --- Offshore oil industry -- Mexico, Gulf of. --- Oil spills -- Mexico, Gulf of. --- Petroleum industry and trade. --- BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 --- Oil spills --- Drilling platforms --- Offshore oil industry --- Energy policy --- Complexity (Philosophy) --- Earth & Environmental Sciences --- Business & Economics --- Industries --- Marine Science --- Environmental Sciences --- Accidents --- History --- Social aspects --- Environment. --- Energy policy. --- Energy and state. --- Operations research. --- Decision making. --- Statistical physics. --- Dynamical systems. --- Energy industries. --- Environmental management. --- Sustainable development. --- Environmental Management. --- Energy Economics. --- Energy Policy, Economics and Management. --- Operation Research/Decision Theory. --- Statistical Physics, Dynamical Systems and Complexity. --- Sustainable Development. --- Energy industries --- Oil industries --- Operations Research/Decision Theory. --- Complex Systems. --- Development, Sustainable --- Ecologically sustainable development --- Economic development, Sustainable --- Economic sustainability --- ESD (Ecologically sustainable development) --- Smart growth --- Sustainable development --- Sustainable economic development --- Economic development --- Operational analysis --- Operational research --- Industrial engineering --- Management science --- Research --- System theory --- Environmental stewardship --- Stewardship, Environmental --- Environmental sciences --- Management --- Environmental aspects --- Dynamical systems --- Kinetics --- Mathematics --- Mechanics, Analytic --- Force and energy --- Mechanics --- Physics --- Statics --- Mathematical statistics --- Deciding --- Decision (Psychology) --- Decision analysis --- Decision processes --- Making decisions --- Management decisions --- Choice (Psychology) --- Problem solving --- Energy and state --- Power resources --- State and energy --- Industrial policy --- Energy conservation --- Statistical methods --- Decision making --- Government policy


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Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
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ISBN: 9781441976772 Year: 2012 Publisher: New York NY Springer New York

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For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover. A world expert on oil technology and one of our foremost social commentators, the author of The Collapse of Complex Societies,  join forces to: Lead you on a fascinating tour from the events on the Deepwater Horizon to the processes in society that made the tragedy nearly inevitable Explain the energy-complexity spiral that governs our way of life Take you beyond the headlines, finger pointing, and political punditry to the underlying causes of the Gulf catastrophe Help decision-makers from all walks of life to understand the risks and challenges of managing complex organizations Discuss energy options for the future Praise for Drilling Down: In this book, Joseph Tainter and Tadeusz Patzek use the Gulf oil spill as a point of entry to discuss our energy future. For those of us who watched the oil spill from afar, this book provides the technical background to help us understand it, something that was never available from the media. For those like me, who are interested in the role of energy in the rise and fall of civilizations, this is a must read. --Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge

The way the wind blows : climate, history, and human action
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ISBN: 0231112092 0231112084 Year: 2000 Publisher: New York Columbia University Press

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