The Housing Bomb: Why Our Addiction to Houses Is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society

Have we built our way to ruin? Is the desire for that beach house or cabin in the woods part of the environmental crisis? Do everyone really need a bigger home? Why don't multiple generations still live under one roof?

In The Housing Bomb, leading environmental researchers  M. Houseing Bomb book coverNils Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson and Jianguo "Jack" Liusound the alarm, explaining how and why the growing addiction to houses has taken the humble American dream and twisted it into an environmental and societal nightmare. 

Without realizing how much a contemporary home already contributes to environmental destruction, most people in the United States want bigger and bigger houses. 

Presenting irrefutable evidence, this book cries out for America and the world to intervene by making simJohns Hopkins Press blog graphicple changes in household energy and water usage and by supporting municipal, state, national and international policies to counter this devastation and overuse of resources. It offers a way out of the mess being created and envisions a future where everyone lives comfortable, nondestructive lives.

The Housing Bomb can be purchased from the Johns Hopkins University Press and Amazon. You can receive a 25 percent discount on the book by ordering through the Johns Hopkins University Press and mentioning code NAF.


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M. Nils PetersonM. Nils Peterson is associate professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State University. He studies Intersections between human and natural systems using land use, household dynamics and democracy as nexuses between people and the environment. He also is interested in people's attitudes toward the environment and assessing the impacts of human behaviors on endangered wildlife populations.


Rai Peterson

Tarla Rai Peterson holds the the Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation Policy and is professor of wildlife and fisheries science at Texas A&M University. She also serves as a guest professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and adjunct professor of communication at the University of Utah. She studies the intersections between communication, environmental policy and democracy.


Jack Liu

A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University and also serves as director of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.