The more we debate about the catastrophic implications of climate
change, the more fossil fuels we continue to burn. How did we get caught
up in this mess? In this masterful new history, Malm claims that it all
began in Britain with the rise of steam-power. So why did manufacturers
turn from traditional fuels, notably water, to steam? Overturning
established theories of the transition and offering a radically new view
of our warming world, this study shows how steam was adopted as a
superior source of power.
Two centuries later, the inheritors of that power continue to profit from 'business as usual' as the world heads towards irreversible catastrophe. Malm examines the history of resistance to fossil fuels and offers suggestions for transitioning to alternative sources of power, such as a return to waterpower.
Fossil Capital : The Rise of Steam-Power and the Roots of Global Warming - Andreas Malm
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