Andreas Exner works at the Umweltbüro Gmbh in Klagenfurt, Austria. His research focuses on resource peaks in relation to land use change, resilience, social innovation, and degrowth solidarity. He coordinates several scientific projects, including “Feasible Futures for the Common Good,” which investigates the possible effect of metal scarcity on renewable energy. He has published several books and numerous articles on political economy and ecology. December 2012 marks the release of “Land and Resource Scarcity. Capitalism, Struggle and Well-being in a World without Fossil Fuels,” which he helped to edit.

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in a peculiar situation: although hardly anyone would deny the deep ecological crisis facing humankind, we seem to be caught in a net of assumptions that impede a practical solution. Having acknowledged that we need to reduce consumption of energy and materials drastically,1,2 we …

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