Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller

Oil and the End of Globalisation

Author: Jeff Rubin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753534711

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Soaring oil prices caused four out of the last five recessions. They caused the current recession. And they will cause the next one. Expensive oil costs us more than just money. It costs jobs, homes and in the long run it is going to radically alter the way we live. For if cheap oil is the fuel that keeps the machinery of globalisation in motion, then expensive oil has the same effect as pouring diesel into an unleaded tank. Everything stalls; the engine fails. Oil prices will rise again in the coming years, as this utterly convincing insight into our collective future argues. And as oil prices fluctuate wildly, our society will change dramatically, and for good. From the homes we live in and the cars we drive to the food we eat and the places we work, our daily lives and global economy are going to be transformed. But while this new, smaller world will take some getting used to, it will also open our eyes to a more localised and ultimately more liveable way of life.

Vom Glück des Strebens

Warum der Weg oft glücklicher macht als das Ziel

Author: Chris Guillebeau

Publisher: books4success

ISBN: 3864702674

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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Und jedem Streben wohnt ein Glück inne ... Zu Fuß quer durch die USA wandern oder so viele Vogelarten wie möglich beobachten - das sind nur zwei Beispiele für ungewöhnliche Herausforderungen, denen sich ganz gewöhnliche Menschen gestellt haben. Chris Guillebeau beschreibt, wie das Streben nach selbst gesteckten Zielen Sinn und Glück in das eigene Leben bringt. Chris Guillebeau hat sein Projekt, alle Länder dieser Erde zu bereisen, umgesetzt. Und er hat erkannt: Nicht das Ziel an sich ist am wichtigsten, sondern der Weg dorthin. Nach etwas streben, planen, äußere und innere Hürden überwinden - all dies macht uns oft glücklicher und lässt uns innerlich mehr wachsen als das Erreichen des Ziels selbst. Zahlreiche inspirierende Beispiele sowie praktische Ratschläge weisen dem Leser den Weg: So findet er seine ganz persönliche Herausforderung, so geht er sie an und verleiht damit seinem Leben mehr Bedeutung.

The End of Growth

Author: Jeff Rubin

Publisher: Random House Canada

ISBN: 0307360911

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 9782

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In an urgent follow-up to his best-selling Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller, Jeff Rubin argues that the end of cheap oil means the end of growth. What it will be like to live in a world where growth is over? Economist and resource analyst Jeff Rubin is certain that the world's governments are getting it wrong. Instead of moving us toward economic recovery, measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole. Both politicians and economists are missing the fact that the real engine of economic growth has always been cheap, abundant fuel and resources. But that era is over. The end of cheap oil, Rubin argues, signals the end of growth--and the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity. Rubin's own equation is clear: with China and India sucking up the lion's share of the world's ever more limited resources, the rest of us will have to make do with less. But is this all bad? Can less actually be more? Rubin points out that there is no research to show that people living in countries with hard-charging economies are happier, and plenty of research to show that some of the most contented people on the planet live in places with no-growth or slow-growth GDPs. But it doesn't matter whether it's bad or good, it's the new reality: our world is not only about to get smaller, our day-to-day lives are about to be a whole lot different.

Projekt Phoenix

Der Roman über IT und DevOps – Neue Erfolgsstrategien für Ihre Firma

Author: Gene Kim

Publisher: O'Reilly

ISBN: 3960100671

Category: Computers

Page: 352

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Bill ist IT-Manager bei Parts Unlimited. An einem Dienstagmorgen erhält er auf der Fahrt zur Arbeit einen Anruf seines CEO. Die neue IT-Initiative der Firma mit dem Codenamen Projekt Phoenix ist entscheidend für die Zukunft von Parts Unlimited, aber das Projekt hat Budget und Zeitplan massiv überzogen. Der CEO will, dass Bill direkt an ihn berichtet und das ganze Chaos in neunzig Tagen aufräumt, denn sonst wird Bills gesamte Abteilung outgesourct. Mit der Hilfe eines Vorstandsmitglieds und dessen mysteriöser Philosophie der Drei Wege wird Bill klar, dass IT-Arbeit mehr mit dem Fertigungsbereich in einer Fabrik zu tun hat als er sich je vorstellen konnte. Die Zeit drängt: Bill muss dafür sorgen, dass der Arbeitsfluss auch zwischen den Abteilungen deutlich besser läuft und das Business-Funktionalität zuverlässig bereitgestellt wird. Drei Koryphäen der DevOps-Bewegung liefern hier die rasante und unterhaltsame Story, in der sich jeder, der im IT-Bereich arbeitet, wiederfinden wird. Sie erfahren nicht nur, wie Sie Ihre eigene IT-Organisation verbessern können - nach der Lektüre dieses Buchs werden Sie IT auch nie wieder so sehen wie zuvor.

The Big Flatline

Oil and the No-Growth Economy

Author: Jeff Rubin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137296771

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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In an urgent follow-up to his best-selling Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller, Jeff Rubin argues that the end of cheap oil means the end of growth. What it will be like to live in a world where growth is over? Economist and resource analyst Jeff Rubin is certain that the world's governments are getting it wrong. Instead of moving us toward economic recovery, the measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole. Both politicians and economists are missing the fact that the real engine of economic growth has always been cheap, abundant fuel and resources. But that era is over. The end of cheap oil, Rubin argues, signals the end of growth--and the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity. With China and India sucking up the lion's share of the world's ever more limited resources, the rest of us will have to make do with less. But is this all bad? Rubin points out that there is no research to show that people living in countries with hard-charging economies are happier, and plenty of research to show that some of the most contented people on the planet live in places with no growth or slow growth. But bad or good, it's the new reality, and Rubin reveals how our day-to-day lives will be drastically changed.

Wie man Freunde gewinnt

Die Kunst, beliebt und einflussreich zu werden

Author: Dale Carnegie

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104031479

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

View: 8064

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Dieses Buch zeigt Ihnen: - wie man Freunde gewinnt - wie man auf neuen Wegen zu neuen Zielen gelangt - wie man beliebt wird - wie man seine Umwelt beeinflußt - wie man mehr Ansehen erlangt - wie man im Beruf erfolgreicher wird - wie man Streit vermeidet - wie man ein guter Redner und brillanter Gesellschafter wird - wie man den Charakter seiner Mitmenschen erkennt - wie man seine Mitarbeiter anspornt und vieles mehr...

Healthy Eating, Healthy World

Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Author: Morris Hicks

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1936661268

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

View: 4619

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Imagine that the New York Times tomorrow released some amazing news. A health treatment has been discovered that literally cures most forms of heart disease. But not just that. This treatment has a dramatic impact on most of the diseases Westerners face, including cancer, obesity, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and many many others. And this treatment is so inexpensive to administer that two-thirds of the medical establishment can be shut down as no longer serving any useful function. It's really too much to believe, isn't it? But there's more. This treatment has miraculous implications for the environment. By applying this treatment, we can eliminate the largest source of global warming, and dramatically reduce the waste that is polluting our water supply. We'll also dramatically improve the health and animal population of our oceans and seas. And there's more. By applying this treatment, we'll dramatically increase the supply of arable land, lowering the cost food and allowing us to feed everyone on this planet. Starvation can become a thing of the past. And one last thing. This treatment also has enormous moral implications, allowing us to eliminate almost all of the pain and suffering we are inflicting on the animals, most of which is hidden away from view, but is morally repulsive to anyone exposed to this suffering. Now what if I told you that we don't have to wait for tomorrow's New York Times, that this treatment has been found, and that the amount of scientific data supporting the claims I just made is overwhelming. The "miracle" treatment is simple. It's eating a whole grain, plant-based diet. Skeptical? I'm not surprised. But by the end of this book you'll be exposed to the overwhelming amount of evidence that supports every claim made above. You'll also get to hear the counterarguments made by skeptics and you'll get to decide for yourself whether these claims are true. It's my hope that by the end of this book you'll be convinced and join our movement. You may just save your life and the planet in the bargain. This revolutionary book is Healthy Eating -- Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of Plant-based Nutrition by J. Morris Hicks, and it is the book that finally tackles all compelling reasons for adopting a plant-based diet -- from the environment to solving the world's hunger crisis. Additionally, T. Colin Campbell, acclaimed author of the bestselling book The China Study, provides a riveting foreword to Healthy Eating -- Healthy World. After reading this book, it'll be nearly impossible to ignore the truth: people were not meant to eat animals or animal products, and the time has come to stop.

Progress Or Collapse

The Crises of Market Greed

Author: Roberto De Vogli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415490693

Category: Medical

Page: 268

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Human progress is heading toward collapse. There are converging ecological crises looming on the horizon: climate change, peak oil, water shortages, fish depletion and food scarcities. The world is on a collision course against the limits of the ecosystem. Modern societies are consuming, polluting and growing as if there is no tomorrow. Indeed, there may not be one. In Progress or Collapse, Roberto De Vogli guides us through the multiple converging global crises of economic progress. He explores the connections between the environmental crisis and the psychological, social, cultural, political and economic emergencies affecting modern societies. It is not a coincidence, the author argues, that global ecological destruction is occurring in tandem with other crises: rising mental disorders, mindless consumerism, rampant conformism, status competition, civic disengagement, startling social inequalities, global financial instability, and widespread political impasse. In this hard-hitting analysis, Roberto De Vogli identifies the root cause of all these symptoms of societal breakdown: neoliberalism, defined as market greed. He argues that in recent decades, modern societies have been dominated by a suicidal economic doctrine based on two articles of faith: the greed creed and the market God. The greed creed states that people are nothing but selfish profiteers in a perpetual search for status and wealth. The market God is the belief that all societal and human affairs are best regulated as market exchanges. What is to be done? Can we stop progress toward collapse? Given the current distribution of power and wealth, and the state of psychological and political inertia in which we are trapped, our chances of redefining progress around alternative values and embracing a new philosophy of life are slim. Yet, the history of human emancipation has often been shaped by giant leaps forward. In the past, civic struggles have overcome "the limits of the possible". Whether this will happen again in the future is the central question of our time. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of ecology, psychology, public health, epidemiology, human development, political philosophy, economics, sociology and politics.

Small Business and the City

The Transformative Potential of Small Scale Entrepreneurship

Author: Rafael Gomez,Andre Isakov,Matthew Semansky

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442696516

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

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In Small Business and the City, Rafael Gomez, Andre Isakov, and Matt Semansky highlight the power of small-scale entrepreneurship to transform local neighbourhoods and the cities they inhabit. Studying the factors which enable small businesses to survive and thrive, they highlight the success of a Canadian concept which has spread worldwide: the Business Improvement Area (BIA). BIAs allow small-scale entrepreneurs to pool their resources with like-minded businesses, becoming sources of urban rejuvenation, magnets for human talent, and incubators for local innovation in cities around the globe. Small Business and the City also analyses the policies necessary to support this urban vitality, describing how cities can encourage and support locally owned independent businesses. An inspiring account of the dynamism of urban life, Small Business and the City introduces a new “main street agenda” for the twenty-first century city.

Smart Globalization

The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience

Author: Andrew Smith,Dimitry Anastakis

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442669837

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Today's globalization debates pit neoliberals, who favour even deeper integration into the global economy, against neo-mercantilists, who call for a relatively selective approach to globalization and the return to more interventionist industrial policies. Both sides claim to have the facts on their side. Inspired by the work of economists Ha-Joon Chang and Dani Rodrik, editors Andrew Smith and Dimitry Anastakis bring together essays from both historians and economists in this collection to test claims that wealth comes from either protectionism or free trade. With empirical research that spans more than a century of Canadian history, Smart Globalization demonstrates that Canada’s success stemmed neither from complete openness to globalization or policies of isolation and self-sufficiency.

Swarm

Author: Lauren Carter

Publisher: Brindle and Glass

ISBN: 1927366216

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 6535

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In a not-so-far-off future of diminished energy reserves and collapsing economies, thirty-seven-year-old Sandy Burch-Bailey lives a difficult existence. She survives by fishing, farming, and beekeeping in a small island community with her partner, Marvin, and their elderly and ill friend, Thompson. As they wait for an overdue supply ship to arrive with medicine for Thompson, vegetables go missing from their garden. A footprint in the soil leads Sandy to believe the thief is a homeless youngster. Childless and aching to be a mother, Sandy narrates her story to the child, reliving her life in a city plagued by power outages, unemployment, and violent protests. When the girl�â�€�™s life is threatened, Sandy and Marvin must come together to protect both the child and their fragile community. Told in two storylines divided by geography and time, Swarm is a suspenseful and powerful debut novel about survival and coming to terms with life�â�€�™s regrettable choices.

What You Need to Know about Business

Author: Roger Trapp,Sumeet Desai,George Buckley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780857081179

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Business is big. Actually, it's often small and medium-sized too. But the point is that it matters – a lot. This book is designed to answer all those confusing questions that flit through your mind when you get to the business pages of the paper, and stop you being embarrassed in job interviews. It explains the things you really need to know about business, and will tell you: What the point of business is How what happens in the economy affects real businesses What the law means for business Finance, accounting, shares, bonds etc and other big numbers How companies grow and why the merge (even though most mergers fail) What HR departments actually do all day Time management, motivation, leadership, communication skills and all the other skills you'll need if you want to know what the view's like from the CEO's office After reading it, you'll smile knowingly whenever the advantages of outsourcing, balanced scorecards or Porter's 5 Ps come up in polite conversation.

Die Welt ist flach

eine kurze Geschichte des 21. Jahrhunderts

Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518459645

Category: Diffusion of innovations

Page: 764

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Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

The Solar Revolution

One World. One Solution. Providing the Energy and Food for 10 Billion People.

Author: Steve McKevitt,Tony Ryan

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1848316550

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

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It’s an astonishing fact that capturing all the energy in just one hour’s worth of sunlight would enable us to meet the planet’s food and energy needs for an entire year. The Solar Revolution tells the story of how scientists are working to reconnect us to the ‘solar economy’, harnessing the power of the sun to provide sustainable food and energy for a global population of 10 billion people: an achievement that would end our dependence on ‘fossilised sunshine’ in the form of coal, oil and gas and remake our connection with the soil that grows our food. Steve McKevitt and Tony Ryan describe the human race’s complex relationship with the sun and take us back through history to see how our world became the place it is today – chemically, geologically, ecologically, climatically and economically – before moving on to the cutting-edge science and technology that will enable us to live happily in a sustainable future.

Project Sunshine

How science can use the sun to fuel and feed the world

Author: Steve McKevitt,Tony Ryan

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848315627

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 2402

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It’s an astonishing fact that capturing all the energy in just one hour’s worth of sunlight would enable us to meet the planet’s food and energy needs for an entire year. Project Sunshine tells the story of how scientists are working to reconnect us to the ‘solar economy’, harnessing the power of the sun to provide sustainable food and energy for a global population of 10 billion people: an achievement that would end our dependence on ‘fossilised sunshine’ in the form of coal, oil and gas and remake our connection with the soil that grows our food. Steve McKevitt and Tony Ryan describe the human race’s complex relationship with the sun and take us back through history to see how our world became the place it is today – chemically, geologically, ecologically, climatically and economically – before moving on to the cutting-edge science and technology that will enable us to live happily in a sustainable future.

Perfekt! Der überlegene Weg zum Erfolg

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446438203

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

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Wie haben wir Erfolg, ohne verbissen zu sein? Wie schaffen wir es, unser Privatleben und unseren Beruf so miteinander zu verbinden, dass sie sich ergänzen und bereichern? Wie schöpfen wir aus der Fülle, statt uns vom Alltag auffressen zu lassen? Um all diese Fragen geht es in „Perfekt!“, dem neuen Buch von Robert Greene („Power – Die 48 Gesetze der Macht“). Und der Bestseller-Autor aus den USA bietet Lösungen: Mit Beispielen aus der Welt der Literatur und der Geschichte zeigt er, wie wir Schritt für Schritt herausfinden, wo unsere wirklichen Talente liegen und wie wir jene elegante Souveränität erlangen, nach der viele streben, die aber nur wenige erreichen.

Dein Körper

das Missing-Manual-Handbuch zu Funktion und Wartung

Author: Matthew MacDonald,Stefan Fröhlich

Publisher: O'Reilly Germany

ISBN: 3897219638

Category: Electronic books

Page: 313

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Wussten Sie, dass Sie Ihre auere Hautschicht haufiger wechseln als eine Schlange? Oder dass Sie ohne bestimmte Arten von Bakterien anfalliger fur Krankheiten und Allergien waren? Auf Basis aktuellster physiologischer und neurophysiologischer Erkenntnisse erklart Matthew MacDonald prazise, verstandlich und unterhaltsam alle wichtigen Korperfunktionen, gibt praktische Tipps, wie Sie Ihre "Hardware" in Schuss halten, und raumt mit gangigen Vorurteilen auf. Aus dem Inhalt: - Ihre Haut. Warum die erste Verteidigungslinie Ihres Korpers aus toten Zellen besteht, wie Muttermale und Falten entstehen und was Antitranspirants gegen Korpergeruch ausrichten konnen. - Fett. Weshalb Ihr Korper Fett braucht, wie es gespeichert wird und warum Modediaten nichts bringen. - Ihr Herz. Wie Sie das Herzinfarktrisiko senken und was ein gutes Ausdauertraining ausmacht. - Ihr Verdauungssystem. Aus welchen Abschnitten Ihr gut 9 Meter langer Verdauungstrakt besteht und warum Ballaststoffe dort willkommen sind. - Ihr Immunsystem. Wie Ihr Korper sich gegen Eindringlinge wehrt, welche Bakterien und Viren sich bei Ihnen wohlfuhlen und was normale Zellen dazu bringt, sich in Krebszellen zu verwandeln. - Sex und Fortpflanzung. Was mannliche und weibliche Geschlechtsorgane auszeichnet sowie alles Wissenswerte uber Fruchtbarkeit, weibliche Lust und die mannliche Fixierung auf die Groe. - Alter und Tod. Warum wir altern, wie Sie moglichst lange moglichst fit bleiben und wie wir schlielich sterben.