This book traces the interacting histories of the disciplines of ecology and economics, from their common origin in the ancient
Greek concept of oikonomia, through their distinct encounters with energy physics, to the current obstruction of neoliberal
economics to responses to the ecological and climate crisis of the so-called Anthropocene. Reconstructing their constitution
as separate sciences in the era of fossil-fuelled industrial capitalism, the book offers an explanation of how the ecological
sciences have moved from a position of critical collision with mainstream economics in the 1970s, to one of collusion with
the project of permanent growth, in and through the thermal crisis of the biosphere.