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"Clear and compelling...Jackson provides both the conceptual framework and convincing illustration of the new evironmental paradigm of industrial production. In ten years' time all managers will be thinking this way."
-Michael Jacobs, CSEC, Lancaster
"A very impressive and potentially influential book: imaginative yet rooted in sound common sense. Successfully drawing together the essential themes in the current environmental debate, this book deserves to be very widely read."
-Roland Clift, University of Surrey
"This is a very good book. It is a logical argument that draws its evidence from a number of quite disparate academic disciplines, marshals digestible facts in a convincing manner, and presents complex points to the nonspecialist reader without patronizing or indeed preaching."
-" Tourism Analysis
..." inspirational ... A major strength of the text is integration of the material economy with the ecosystem and thermodynamic system ... [T]he author has written a pioneering book fusing environmental economic relationships in a new and needed approach for economic and industrial geography ... I plan to use the textbook as a required book for my industrial geography course."
-John Benhart, "Journal of Cultural Geography

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Lower the prices! 10 Nov. 2010
By tzink - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent introduction to the emerging field of pollution prevention as a serious framework for solving environmental problems. Jackson provides nice overview of the background problem (thermodynamic constraints), the practical problems of how to reduce consumption, substitute for less harmful materials, or reuse existing materials, and the current (circa 1996, but still extremely relevant) thinking on ways to solve these dilemmas. However, the true value of his book, in my opinion, is that he goes an additional step to suggest that these all may be second-order problems, and that in order to get at the real issues we need to start asking different questions. He raises important philosophical questions about the nature of happiness, our "need" for consumption, and the validity of the economic society that has evolved over the last 200 years.

This is required reading for any student, executive, or academic who is even remotely interested in reducing human impact on the environment.

Now... That all said, I am baffled by the prices of this book. This message is now even more timely than when it was first written and it needs to be heard by all, yet the prices leave it frustratingly inaccessible to most people. Most egregious is the price of the Kindle Edition! One would think that, given the subject matter of the book, Jackson, the publisher, and Amazon would want to encourage readers to purchase the book on the Kindle rather than the hard or soft cover version. By pricing it the same as the paper version, they are not promoting this. Amazon/publisher: lower the price of the Kindle Edition!
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