The Dominant Animal

Human Evolution and the Environment

Thoughts on oil, consumption, and the future

Chapter 11. Consumption and Its Costs

Chapter Summary Population size and total consumption by a society clearly are tightly connected and are major factors in humanity’s environmental dilemma (remember I = PAT). A key point to recognize is that supplying consumables to each new person now has, on average, disproportionate environmental costs. The richest, purest, most available resources have long since [...]