Cover

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pp. 1-5

Contents

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pp. v-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Many people contributed to this book, but we are most indebted to our family members, especially Shannon Peterson, who read endless drafts. Other family members who inspired us, gave us time to write, and provided valuable feedback include Gwen Peterson, Markus Peterson, Scott Peterson, Wayne...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

The world is facing a housing bomb that will make the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis look trivial. Public attention focused on this housing bomb has been limited, with much greater emphasis having been placed on the environmental impacts of human population. Although the population problem...

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1. Household Dynamics and Their Contribution to the Housing Bomb

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pp. 15-34

Unsustainable patterns in human relationships with the Earth fill the literature propagated by virtually every environmental science discipline and every environmental organization. Changing these patterns requires altering household dynamics (making temporal changes in household numbers,...

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2. How Home Ownership Both Emancipates and Enslaves Us

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pp. 35-54

In the twenty-first century, owning a single-family home has come to represent much more than the security and safety afforded by basic shelter. In many cases, it is seen as the visible demonstration that its owner has achieved some semblance of the good life presumably sought by all human beings....

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3. “Housaholism” in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

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pp. 55-81

Susan is one of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s (GYE) many residents who fell in love with the land in part by living on it. The remainder of Susan’s confession of house addiction reflects the household dilemma many environmentalists face in the GYE. Her 20-acre ranchette made her among the worst...

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4. Household Dynamics and Giant Panda Conservation

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pp. 82-94

Human impacts on the environment are common, even in many of the world’s approximately 134,000 protected areas (accounting for roughly 13% of Earth’s land surface).1 Although protected areas are the cornerstone of biological conservation and are often perceived as the safest preserves for nature,...

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5. Defusing the Housing Bomb with Your House

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pp. 95-120

Households are the nexus for energy use, natural-resource consumption, and waste production around the world, despite being incredibly diverse in size, shape, and function. This chapter focuses on how to make U.S. households more sustainable. Challenges to sustainable housing that can be experienced...

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6. Individual and Local Strategies for Defusing the Housing Bomb

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pp. 121-142

This chapter explores how policies operating at household, neighborhood, and city scales may help to defuse the housing bomb by curtailing sprawl (and its associated geographic segregation of people from work and from each other) and promoting viable and healthy transportation alternatives to motor...

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7. Large-Scale Strategies for Defusing the Housing Bomb

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pp. 143-167

State governments, other regional governments, nations, and even the international community have a critical role to play when it comes to defusing the housing bomb. Many issues associated with where housing goes on the landscape (e.g., health, or social justice) traditionally fall outside the purview...

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Conclusion

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pp. 168-178

Given that prices for homes registered their largest drop in history on the December 30, 2008, Case-Shiller home price index report, our warning about a housing bomb should not be surprising. In the spirit of Paul Ehrlich’s bold predictions in The Population Bomb, we predict that the social, the economic,...

Notes

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pp. 179-205

Index

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pp. 207-212