Recommended Readings from Peak Energy, Climate Change, and the Collapse of Global Civilization

Peak Energy, Climate Change, and the Collapse of Global Civilization is a rather long book. For some, reading the entire book is not practical.

Therefore, the following are highly recommended "quick" readings from the book, in order to get a general overview of the issues facing humanity:

- Executive Summary

- Figures: 1, 3, 4, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10, 15, 20a, 22, 23, 24, 60, 61, 72, 73  (the page numbers are listed in the table of contents)

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    In mid-2004, oil prices increased from the range of $20 - $40 per barrel to $60 - $80+ per barrel. The current global economic crisis was triggered in part by the oil price shock starting in 2007 and culminating in the summer of 2008. When prices increased from around $80 per barrel to $141 per barrel by the summer of 2008. The global economy crashed within months in the autumn of 2008. This economic crisis will likely accelerate and become more volatile once oil prices exceed around $85 per barrel for an extended time. Demand destruction for oil may be somewhere above $80 per barrel and below $141 per barrel. Economic recovery (i.e., business as usual) will likely exacerbate the global recession by driving up oil prices.

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    Tariel Mórrígan earned his B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his Master in Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, where he specialized in climate change, conservation, and political economics. Mórrígan is currently the principal research associate of Global Climate Change, Human Security & Democracy (GCCHSD) and a member of its Global Academic Board. His most recent publication is Peak Energy, Climate Change, and the Collapse of Global Civilization: The Current Peak Oil Crisis.

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