German edition of ‘Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future’

A German edition of Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future, translated by Simon Göß, is due for release on 3 September, published by Oekom.

Simon included many updates to reflect data emerging since publication of the original English edition in 2018, and also added notes to link the book’s global focus more explicitly with the German context.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Charles Hall, and Ugo Bardi have each also very generously provided forewords to the German edition. We’re tremendously grateful to these pioneering thought leaders for their support of our work. They have been important influence on our thinking, and hence on the ideas explored in the book.

Sam and I are also very grateful to Simon for approaching us to initiate this project, and for the commitment and enthusiasm he brought to carrying it out, very much reflected in the quality of the outcome. This included attracting the interest of the highly regarded publisher, Oekom. The project was also greatly assisted by the hard work of the Sharon France of Looking Glass Press, who carried out the typesetting.

English versions of each of the forewords follow.

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Thinking about hydrogen economies

The April 2020 issue of Ecogeneration magazine includes an article by Graham Palmer and me titled ‘How should we think about a hydrogen economy’. It’s based on our new book Energy Storage and Civilization: A Systems Approach. I’ve included an excerpt here, and the full article is available from the Ecogeneration website at the link above. Continue reading