William R. Catton, Jr., is professor of sociology at Washington State University and author of From Animistic to Naturalistic Sociology and more than seventy-five . William R. Catton Jnr. explained humanity’s overshoot situation in his book. Overshoot, The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”. The front page. Overshoot has ratings and 30 reviews. Adam said: I’ve been Title: Overshoot Binding: Paperback Author: Catton, William R., JR. Publisher: Combined.

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Our glorious leaders worked tirelessly to increase drawdown and worsen overshoot. Catton’s thesis, succinctly put: The Depression is interpreted as a failure in trade. Much later, we slipped into soil mining — agriculture — which sent our carrying capacity into the stratosphere — temporarily.

In general, an increase in carrying capacity can either be used by people to live more lavishly, or to support more catgon.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Two levels of ghost acreage are identified — that imported via trade and that “created” using fossil fuels.

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I like your Overshoot chapel. What follows are my notes taken while reading the book. He says, in human histor Oveeshoot title of the book “overshoot” gives me a straightforward impression that it is about the carrying capacity such as natural resources that would soon reach exhaustion.

In this respect, Catton advances, by his books in particular, core ecological understandings that are needed by policymakers and sectors of academia whose whole-systems expertise by background and training is otherwise limited.

This is known as oversuoot cornucopian paradigm. Given the amazing growth of the human population in in the past few hundred years, I’m inclined to agree with the conclusion that there are more people alive than a world without petroleum could support, even if we weren’t at capacity before its discovery.

Circular Versus Linear Ecosystems From the book Overshoot by William Catton see review on page 4 Whatever the origins of human redundancy, and whatever the sequel to it, we needed to see but were not seeing that what had happened to us between the wars, and especially what happened to us since World War II, had not resulted merely from politics or economics in the conventional sense.

Written inthe concerns maintain an ever-increasing credibility of the much earlier “Tragedy of the commons” analogy, in that, limited resources and unlimited consumption will eventually come cattton a head. Readers are served a generous full strength dose of ecological reality with no sugar coating. This is an essential book for animals younger than years old.

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Still, you have to give the man props for his prescience. An enlightened ecological view takes some of the personal sting out of this process, but it does little relieve the underlying tension. We become anxious and angry as we slip and slide into more and more limits.

Cstton the fever comes the healing. Catton argues that the history of the 20th century can be characterized ecologically as a pattern of mutual interference, an “elbowing and counter-elbowing” between groups for access to necessarily limited resources.

William Catton: Overshoot and Bottleneck

I liked the brief review of the course of human history ctaton time, the major breakthroughs ofershoot cultural ‘advancement’ like language, fire, metallurgy, agriculture etc.

So far so good? At heart, it is about the implications of our profligate use of the world’s oil reserves. Yes, things are a bit rough now, but recovery is just around the corner, probably tomorrow. Colonists exported lots of food to Europe, and population exploded on both sides of the Atlantic. He explains the greatest problems facing humanity as resulting from the collective absence of an ecological perspective and reluctance to face limits to growth.

The balances are maintained if a resource is not consumed at a higher rate than needed for regeneration. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. In his book, Catton wrote that the most serious consequence of our interaction, crash, now seems likely. He contradicts those scientists, engineers, and technocrats who continue to write optimistically about energy alternatives. Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That condition has been amplified in the last two centuries, however, since we have discovered how to use the accumulated sunlight energy buried under the ground millions of years ago during the Carboniferous period.

Human life is now being lived in an era of deepening carrying capacity deficit.

William R. Catton Jr.

Yes, things are a bit rough now, but recovery is just around the corner, probably tomorrow. Menu Resilience Building a world of resilient communities. Cornucopians proudly refer to overshoot as progress. Because this book does not have a plot or characters, I found it easy to put down and pick up again which is why I read this over so lengthy a time.


One of the most interesting parts of the book for me was when Catton described what it was like to live through the first oil shock It is not just the yeast cells we put into wine vats that bloom. With the shift to agriculture, population grew 0. The reason, what is also behind the Syrian crisis, is the ecological crisis, the long drought that affected the already difficult, suppressed Syrians.

Catton is saying that we have temporarily increased the Earth’s carrying capacity for humans by “drawing down” limited natural resource, but in so doing we have “overshot” the Earth’s permanent carrying capacity for humans. And the suggestion is that newly created desire in poorer countries to also live past their country’s ecological means caused competition, and thus war and genocide.

Trying to be a skeptic among both extremes of environmental thought can be a tough act, especially after reading such explosive “documentation” of what Catton blatantly subtitles “The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”.

We were proud that our children would be able to live even more destructively than we could. He has a Masters degree in Earth Science and an undergraduate in business. The cost of overshoot is die-off, an unpleasant return to carrying capacity.

This paradigm refuses explanations for large-scale historical, economic, and social trends based on abstract, ideological factors and not on biological, anthropological, and geographical ones. The future is loaded with powerful wild cards, and by the time we return to balance, nobody is going to be counting the number of mouths in the world. It spend most of the time making the simple premise that humanity has overshot the carrying capacity of the world and will therefore soon see the end of the age of exuberance.

He suggest, however, that if we understand how we have painted ourselves into an ecological corner and adopt an ecological paradigm for sorting out human problems, then we might be able to lessen the severity of the impending collapse and deal with the collapse in a humane way, i.

In it seemed as if this cycle might be mitigated by wise policy and serious, but achievable adjustments in the human way of life.