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"A must read (The Natural Advantage of Nations) for anyone serious about understanding the global phenonomen and trend of sustainable development."
Karen Wan, GreenPlants Program Director, Chicago Manufacturing Center





   
 

TNEP Book Reviews

 


LEONARDO’S VISION: A guide to collective thinking and action, Em Prof. Valerie A. Brown - 2007


Leonardo’s Vision is essential reading for all those wishing to capture the emerging opportunity for collective thinking and action. The book provides a number of rigorous models and processes drawing on the author’s extensive experience in supporting community efforts towards a sustainable future. I have learned that one should pay serious attention to anything that Valerie publishes and this is no exception.”

Charlie Hargroves, co-author/co-editor, The Natural Advantage of Nations and Executive Director of The Natural Edge Project (Quoted on Back Cover).

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Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update - 2005

A detailed review of this book was initially undertaken as part of Michael Smith’s PhD research and has been further developed for public release. The lead authors and colleagues in the field were invited to read the review before public release. Contribution by the following mentors have been gratefully received and included in the final text (see also acknowledgements within): Dr Dennis Meadows (Co-Author, Limits to Growth), Professor Jorgen Randers (policy analyst and President Emeritus of the Norwegian School of Management), Alan AtKisson (AtKisson Inc), and Professor Stephen Dovers (Australian National University).

The team from TNEP has invested a great deal of time in reading the relevant literature, thinking about the issues, and writing their conclusions. It is an original and useful analysis.

Dr Dennis Meadows, Co-Author Limits to Growth.

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The Weather Makers, Dr Tim Flannery - 2005

In this publication, Tim Flannery argues for the urgent need to address the implications of a global climate change. On invitation from Tim Flannery the team from TNEP provided peer review and comments prior to publication. In this groundbreaking and essential new book, Tim Flannery argues passionately for the urgent need to address - NOW - the implications of a global climate change that is damaging all life on earth and endangering our very survival.

The review was undertaken by Michael Smith and Charlie Hargroves (supported administratively by Office Manager, Nick Palousis).

Capitalism at the Crossroads: Aligning Business, Earth, and Humanity, Prof. Stu Hart (Foreword from Al Gore) - 2006

Al Gore states in his foreword to the second edition, 'The global context for business continues to change at an unprecedented rate, and Stuart Hart has effectively captured important insights into the nature of this contextual shift in this updated edition of Capitalism at the Crossroads.' On invitation from Stu Hart, TNEP Director Charlie Hargroves undertook a detailed private peer review of the first edition to inform the development of the second edition.

Taking the time to go back over the base principles and concepts of sustainable business practices, Hart strengthens this expanding body of knowledge with leading examples that combine international attention and capital with the ingenuity and aspiration of those in the developing world. Building on from the wealth of such material published in the last 10 years Hart brings together a well balanced presentation of the business case that targeting the developing economics at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ is a solid strategy for low cost business incubation and poverty alleviation.”


Charlie Hargroves, co-author/co-editor of The Natural Advantage of Nations, and Executive Director of The Natural Edge Project.

Green Chemistry and Engineering, Mukesh Doble and

Anil Kumar - 2007

"This new publication is timely as more and more industries and governments are now realising that it is far more profitable to design out waste and toxic chemicals in the first place than have to clean up after themselves later. As the book shows major corporations like Dupont, Dow Chemical, Nike, Mitsubishi, GE Plastics, 3M and many more corporations are already using green chemistry and green engineering principles partly because it simply makes good business sense. The book is full of examples showing that where Green Chemistry and Green Engineering principles, wisely applied, help companies turn cost centres into profit centres.

The book covers how green chemistry and green engineering principles are also helping companies develop new products which can meet society’s demand for chemicals whilst eliminating harmful environmental effects. This is creating a area of potential product differentiation and profits for companies. As we showed in our publication The Natural Advantage of Nations this is helping to drive a new wave of innovation globally in environmentally sustainable solutions. If chemists and chemical engineers are going to be able to help their companies remain competitive for the 21st century they need to read this book and many of the other books referenced within it.

It is impossible to overstate the significance of the fact that this book was written by leaders in the field from India. Whether or not India, China and Asia succeed in making the transition to ecological sustainability will have significant implications for the rest of humanity. This book offers a strong foundation for hope. As the book shows Green chemistry and Green engineering principles is rapidly becoming the way to do chemistry in the 21st century.

Within page after page unfolds novel solution after solution that will convince even the most sceptical that much of the knowledge is already there to build a globally sustainable economy from the molecular level up to the largest industrial plants. This book will help all chemists and chemical engineers to be part of the solution. It deserves to be bought and read by all chemical and chemical engineering university faculties and chemical companies around the world. The book is a joy to read."

Michael Smith, co-author/co-editor of The Natural Advantage of Nations, and Research Director of The Natural Edge Project