The Housing Bomb
Why Our Addiction to Houses Is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Many people contributed to this book, but we are most indebted to our family members, especially Shannon Peterson, who read endless drafts. Other fam-ily members who inspired us, gave us time to write, and provided valuable feedback include Gwen Peterson, Markus Peterson, Scott Peterson, Wayne Peterson, David Williams, Kenneth Powers, Qiuyun Wang, Julie Liu, and Jes-...
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The world is facing a housing bomb that will make the 2007 subprime mort-gage crisis look trivial. Public attention focused on this housing bomb has been limited, with much greater emphasis having been placed on the envi-ronmental impacts of human population. Although the population problem has deep historical roots, Paul Ehrlich brought the idea to the masses in his ...
1 Household Dynamics and Their Contribution to the Housing Bomb
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Unsustainable patterns in human relationships with the Earth fill the litera-ture propagated by virtually every environmental science discipline and every environmental organization. Changing these patterns requires alter-ing household dynamics (making temporal changes in household numbers, types, and locations). Household dynamics may have already supplanted (or ...
2 How Home Ownership Both Emancipates and Enslaves Us
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In the twenty-first century, owning a single-family home has come to rep-resent 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. In the Introduction we discussed the phenomenon of house addiction, and ...
3 “Housaholism” in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
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My name is Susan; I live on a ranchette. In the growth-pained West, this is as serious a confession as alcoholism or cruelty to animals. A year and a half ago, I picked up my local newspaper in Bozeman, Mont., and there under the headline TRACKING SPRAWL was an aerial photo of the Bridger Mountain Susan is one of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s (GYE) many residents ...
4 Household Dynamics and Giant Panda Conservation
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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 bio-logical conservation and are often perceived as the safest preserves for nature, household development still occurs in many of them.2 In this chapter, we ...
5 Defusing the Housing Bomb with Your House
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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 worldwide often occur in their most extreme form in the United States: the ...
6 Individual and Local Strategies for Defusing the Housing Bomb
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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 vehicles (automobiles, pickup trucks, SUVs, vans, and the like). Some readers ...
7 Large-Scale Strategies for Defusing the Housing Bomb
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State governments, other regional governments, nations, and even the inter-national 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 pur-view of local governments. Communities with good intentions to coordi-...
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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, and particularly the environmental impacts of the 2008 price implosion will ...
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Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 1 b&w photo, 17 line drawings
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease
Series Editor Byline: Charles E. Rosenberg, Series Editor