• Overshoot

  • The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
  • By: William R. Catton
  • Narrated by: MJ McGalliard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-28-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

Our day-to-day experiences over the past decade have taught us that there must be limits to our tremendous appetite for energy, natural resources, and consumer goods. Even utility and oil companies now promote conservation in the face of demands for dwindling energy reserves. And for years some biologists have warned us of the direct correlation between scarcity and population growth. These scientists see an appalling future riding the tidal wave of a worldwide growth of population and technology.
A calm but unflinching realist, Catton suggests that we cannot stop this wave - for we have already overshot the Earth's capacity to support so huge a load. He contradicts those scientists, engineers, and technocrats who continue to write optimistically about energy alternatives. Catton asserts that the technological panaceas proposed by those who would harvest from the seas, harness the winds, and farm the deserts are ignoring the fundamental premise that "the principals of ecology apply to all living things". These principles tell us that, within a finite system, economic expansion is not irreversible and population growth cannot continue indefinitely. If we disregard these facts, our sagging American Dream will soon shatter completely.
The book is published by University of Illinois Press.
©1980 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By CJ on 02-14-18

Worst narrator ever

What disappointed you about Overshoot?

Sounded like it was read by a robot.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I need to listen to some good dystopian fiction after this dry, rambling book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The worst narrator I've heard, by far.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good points were made, many, many times over.

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