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  • Falk, Richard "The Second Cycle of Ecological Urgency: An Environmental Justice Perspective." published as chapter in Jonas Ebbesson & Phoebe Okowa, eds., Environmental Law and Justice in Context, 2009. pdfdownload pdf (152 KB)

  • Falk, Richard "Accommodating Global Climate Change: A Radical World Order Challenge." Published as chapter in Barry Gills, ed., Globalization in Crisis, Routledge, UK, 2013. pdfdownload pdf (120 KB)

  • Falk, Richard "Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons" Published by Routledge as chapter in Falk, (Re)Imagining Humane Global Governance, 2014. pdfdownload pdf (247 KB)

  • Falk, Richard "On Climate Change & Global Governance." Chapter in book edited by Luis Cabrera,
    Global Governance, Global Government, to be published in 2011 by Routledge, UK
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  • Falk, Richard "Can We Overcome the Global Crisis: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities." Keynote Address, Tanner Conference on Global Crisis, University of Utah, 2012  pdfdownload pdf (494 KB)

  • Falk, Richard "After Cancun: Reflections on Apocalyptic Multilateralism" written in collaboration with Hilal Elver. pdfdownload pdf (218 KB)

  • Elver, Hilal. 2013. “Why the Media Has Gone Silent on Climate Change." 
    Al Jazeera online     pdf download pdf (157 KB)
  • Elver, Hilal. “The Emerging Global Freshwater Crisis and the Privatization of Global Leadership”
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  • Elver, Hilal. “New Constitutionalism and the Environment: A Quest for Global Law”
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  • Richard Falk, “Global Climate Change, Human Security, and the Future of Democracy,”
    To be published by Palgrave Macmillan in Global Crisis and the Crisis of Global Leadership, edited by Stephen Gill, 2011
  • Elver, Hilal. 2010. “International Environmental Law, Water and the Future,” Third World Quarterly.
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  • Mórrígan, Tariel. 2010. “Peak Energy, Climate Change, and the Collapse of Global Civilization: The Current Peak Oil Crisis”.
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  • Elver, Hilal. “Water Scarcity and Climate Change.”

  • Falk, Richard. “A Radical World Order Challenge: Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons,” published in special issue of Globalizations 2010

  • Falk, Richard. “The World in 2030: Entering the Anthropocene Era,” September 2010, presented at Workshop, India International Center, New Delhi

  • Mórrígan, Tariel. 2010. “Target Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations: Why Humanity Should Aim For 350 ppm CO2e.”
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  • Mórrígan, Tariel. 2010. “Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy: Overview of Core Issues.”
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  • Mórrígan, Tariel. 2010. “Climate Negotiations After the Copenhagen: Overview of Emissions Targets and the Copenhagen 5 and Russia.”
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  • Mórrígan, Tariel. 2010. “Peak Phosphorus: A Potential Food Security Crisis.”
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Peak Energy, Climate Change, and the Collapse of Global Civilization: The Current Peak Oil Crisis

This report is a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on energy resources and global climate and environmental change. The findings clearly indicate that the convergence of peak energy resources and dangerous anthropogenic climate and environmental change will likely have a disastrous impact in the near- and long-term on the quantity and quality of human life on the planet (see synopsis below).

Topics include: peak oil, coal, natural gas, uranium, and phosphorus; climate change; environmental degradation; population; food and agriculture; water resources; and the limits of biofuels (including algae-based biofuels).


The findings suggest:

  • Global conventional oil production likely peaked around 2005 – 2011.

  • Peak global production of coal, natural gas, and uranium resources will likely occur by 2020 – 2030, if not sooner.

  • Energy resource shortages post-peak oil will likely cause a systemic collapse of global industrialized civilization in the near-term as the abundant fossil fuel energy resources used to develop and support industrialized economies become increasingly scarce.

  • Current trends in land, soil, water, and biodiversity loss and degradation, combined with potential climate change impacts, ocean acidification, a mass extinction event, and energy scarcity will significantly limit the human carrying capacity of the Earth.

This report is currently released as an eBook (pdf file). Hard copies are not available yet from the GCCHSD, but the eBook may be freely printed and distributed.

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