When Technology Fails

When Technology Fails

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Therea€™s never been a better time to a€œbe prepared.a€ Matthew Steina€™s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skillsa€”from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skillsa€”prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live a€œgreena€ in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe. When Technology Fails covers the gamut. Youa€™ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if youa€™ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. Youa€™ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. Youa€™ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad. Fully revised and expandeda€”the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriouslya€”When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on qMaking the Shift to Sustainability, q which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition Matthew Stein ... Leaf fibers are tough fibers extending the length of the leaf, such as in sisal, yucca, and agave. ... For running-water retting, the fibers are bundled into crates weighted with stones and then placed in a river or creekanbsp;...

Title:When Technology Fails
Author:Matthew Stein
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2008-08-18


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