A Global History of Fossil Fuel ConsumptionBook - 2018
Coal, gas and oil have powered our societies for hundreds of years. But the pace at which we use them changed dramatically in the 20th century: of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burnt up in the past 50 years alone, the vast majority of that within a single generation. Most worrying of all, this dramatic acceleration has occurred against the backdrop of an increasingly unanimous scientific consensus: that their environmental impact is devastating and potentially irreversible. In 'Burning Up', Simon Pirani recounts the history of the relentless rise of fossil fuels in the past half century, and lays out the ways in which the expansion of the global capitalist economy has driven it forward.
Publisher: London : Pluto Press, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: 338.2 PIRANI
Characteristics: xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm