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The 21st Century Environmental Revolution

The 21st Century Environmental Revolution (2nd Ed.): A Structural Strategy for Global Warming, Resource Conservation, Toxic Contaminants, and the Environment / The Fourth Wave //

Mark C. Henderson.   ISBN: 978-0-9809989-1-7 ©2010 -- $4.95

Table of Contents


Introduction   11
   Looking Ahead
   The Fourth Wave

1. Non-Technological Revolutions   14
   The Sexual Revolution
   The Right Recipe for a Revolution
   Entering the Third Millennium
   The Master Plan for the New Millennium
      Our Legacy
      Non-Renewable Resources
      Looking to the Fourth Wave Future

2. Toffler's Waves of Change   20
   The Pre-First Wave
      Pre-Agricultural Life
   The First Wave: The Agricultural Revolution
      The Passing on of Wealth
      The Rise of the City
   The Second Wave: The Industrial Revolution
      Industrial Technology: The Power to Move Mountains
   The Third Wave: The Internet Age
      OPEC
      Toffler's De-Massification
   The Missing Link
   The New Century

3. Energy: The Past and the Future   28
   Ancient Energy
   The Carbon Cycle
      Global Warming and the Carbon Cycle
      Transition Fuels
   Renewable Energies
      Renewable Energy Issues
      Methane Hydrates: Energy of the Future?
      The New Global Warming Equation

4. The Resource Conservation Failure   42
   The Rise of Consumerism
   The Corporate Solution
   Problems With the Business Resource Model
   Planning for the Future
   The Case of Energy
   The Case of Metals
      The Substitution Argument
      The Issue of Massive Use
      The Suitability Issue
      The Issue of Resource Ownership
      The Scientific Breakthrough Argument
      The Easy Science Issue
   The Five-Billion-Year Question
   Manganese Nodules: Panacea or Temptation?
   Managing Resources for the Present and the Future

5. The Silent Poisoning of the Earth   52
   Historical Perspective on Contaminants
      Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
      Dioxins
      Asbestos
      Lead, Mercury, Vinyl Chloride, Fire Retardants, and Jet
      Fuel
   The Conspiracy of Silence
   The Fourth Wave in the Making

6. A Comprehensive Environmental Strategy   58
   The First Principle
   The Second Principle
   The Third Principle
   Funding for a Comprehensive Environmental Strategy
      Taxation
      Subsidies and Tax Breaks
      Regulations
   Policies for the Future
   Hitting The Jack Pot
   A New Budget for the Environment

7. Premises of Large-Scale Environmental Change   68
   The First Premise: Massive Scale
   The Second Premise: Strong Political Support
   The Third Premise: Minimal Social Commitment
   The Fourth Premise: Implementability
   The Fifth Premise: Market Efficient Mechanisms
   The Sixth Premise: Focus on Resource Conservation
   The Seventh Premise: Landfill Sites Are Limited

8. The Massive Engine of Change   74
   The Current Incentive Structure
   The Environmental Taxation System
   A Brief Overview of the GEE
      High-Efficiency Systems
      Dual-Level Planning
      Business-Friendly Green Policy
      New Approaches to World Development
      Tax Fraud
   A New Future
   General Issues Relating to the GEE
      Keeping Taxation Progressive
      Compensation for Lower Income Earners
      Revenue Neutrality and Transparency

9. Implementation Issues and Scenarios   85
   The Silent Scenario
      Feasibility
      Geopolitical Concerns
      Rate of Implementation
      Environmental Taxation Management Concerns
      National and International Issues
      Burden of Change
   Implementation Scenarios
      D-Day Implementation
      Habit Shifts
      Employment Shifts
      Competitiveness and Efficiency
      The Forest Industry
      What Needs to Happen Again

10. A Blueprint for National GEE Implementation   105
   First Step: Laying Out the Foundation
   Second Step: Short-Term Levels of Taxation
   Third Step: Progressive Implementation
   The GEE Diffusion Effect
      Tax Diffusion Through an Economy
      A New Consumer Environment
      The Packaging Scenario
      The Dynamism Issue

11. Disposable Grandchildren: Packaging/Contaminants   111
   The 20th Century Approach
   The Market Approach
   The Short-Term Market Approach
      Generalities
   Double-Taxing Inputs
   Individual Taxation
      Example of Individual Taxation
   International Issues
   Standardization
   Used Container Processing
   Supply and Demand in the Reuse Market
   ETS Management of Renewable Resources
   The New Green Environment
   Flexibility and Scalability of the Market Approach
   Contaminants
   Industrial and Domestic Contaminants
   The Agricultural Sector

12. The Fossil Fuel Sector   129
   The Intermediate Phase
   The Market Approach to Renewable Energy
   Benefits of an GEE Fossil Fuel Strategy
   Energy Future for Producers
   Ethanol-Blended Fuels
      A New Set of Problems
      The New Economic Reality
      New Land for Agriculture
   A Market-Based Biofuel Strategy
   Hydrogen Transportation: Panacea or Illusion?
   Conclusion

13. The Automobile Industry   139
   A Blueprint for a Renewable Energy Future
      The Hydrogen Future
      The Biofuel-Electricity Future
      The Common Ground
      The Convertible Electrical Vehicle
      A Second Common Ground: The Electrical Grid
   The Automobile Industry Under the GEE
      Allowing for Transition
      Transition in the Automobile Industry
      The Chicken or the Egg

14. SCECy Transportation   146
   The Hybrid Question
   Impact and Directions
   Public Transportation
   Cycling
   Individual Transportation
   Conservational and Environmental Cars
   SCECy Transportation: Size Does Matter
   Technical Issues Relating to SPVs
   Trends for the Future
   The Ready Market for SPVs
   Safety for All
   Fast-Tracking SCECy Transportation
   International Markets
      Developed Countries
      Developing Countries

15. The Global Environmental Accord: Beyond Kyoto   160
   The Kyoto Protocol
   The Global Environmental Accord
      The Non-Renewable Resource Component
      The Fossil Fuel Component
      The Environmental Standards Component
   The New Environmental Politics
   A View of the Future

16. The Environmental Revolution   180
   Fundamental Legitimacy
   The Demographics
   The Timing
   The Plan
      Your Part
      Word of Mouth
      Online Promotion
      The News Media
      Best Places to Buy the Book
      Governments and Corporations
      The E-Book Project
      Reading Lists
   Consumer Power
   The Industry as Partner
   Future of Scarcity or Greener Society
   The New Landscape
      Energy and a Thriving Agricultural Sector
      The New Law of the Land

Conclusion: Getting It Together   185
   The New Lifestyles
   Final Words

Bibliography   187


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More information: UN Sustainable Development Alvin Toffler