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New book: Garcia, E.; M. Martinez-Iglesias & P. Kirby (ed.). 2017. Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society: Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing.

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New book:
Garcia, E.; M. Martinez-Iglesias & P. Kirby (ed.). 2017. *Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society: Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing.* Palgrave Macmillan.
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057%2F978-1-349-95176-5

The transition to a post-carbon society, in which the consumption of fossil fuels decreases over time, has become an inevitability due to the need to prevent catastrophic climate change, the increasing cost and scarcity of energy, or complex combinations of both of these factors. As the authors point out, this will not only entail political adjustments and the replacement of some technologies by others, but will be accompanied by social and cultural changes that bring about substantial modifications in our societies and ways of life. This book examines whether the current conditions, which date back to the crisis that began in 2007, favour a benign and smooth transition or will make it more difficult and prone to conflict. It argues that, even if this transformation is unavoidable, the directions it will take and the resulting social forms are much less certain. There will be many post-carbon societies, the authors conclude, and any number of routes to social change.

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