Global history of fossil fuel use

I am working on a book on the global history of fossil fuel consumption since 1950, which will be published by Pluto Press in early 2018. There’s a description of the project on my web site here

I have completed the first draft of the book, and during the next few months (from July 2017) will be sharing the main conclusions with friends and colleagues at seminars and meetings.

If you are interested in discussing the project, please email me at simonpirani [at]

Presentations and articles

Why haven’t we turned our backs on hydrocarbons yet? Interview with Pro-Ved, 19 December 2017. In English here, and Russian original here.

“How global fossil fuel consumption became unsustainable” – presentation at the LSE Grantham Centre, September 2017.

The Paris climate agreement after Trump (article published in Labour Briefing, July 2017)

Fossil fuel consumption outside the rich countries: research questions. (Presentation at the World Ecology Network conference, 15-16 July 2016, Durham University, UK.)

The global drivers of fossil fuel consumption. Is the IPCC looking at them the right way? (Presentation at a seminar, 1 October 2015 on “How fossil fuel consumption shapes the lives communities lead”.)

Global fossil fuel consumption, 1950 to the present: seven histories in one. (Presentation at the Planetary Natures conference, July 2015, Binghamton university, USA.)

■ Drivers of global fossil fuel consumption since 1950: notes here and slides here. (Presentation in Sheffield and London, November 2014.)

Information on my work on the global history of fossil fuel consumption here.



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