Limits to growth the 30-year update


Author: Donella H. Meadows,Dennis L. Meadows,Jørgen Randers

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1849775869

Category: Economic development

Page: 363

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Combining a large amount of new data, more powerful computer modelling and the latest thinking on sustainability, ecological footprinting and limits, this updated edition of 'Limits to Growth' makes an even more urgent case for a rapid readjustment of the global economy toward a sustainable path.

Social Limits to Growth


Author: Fred Hirsch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134812175

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

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The promise of economic growth which has dominated society for so long has reached an impasse. In his classic analysis, Fred Hirsch argued that the causes of this were essentially social rather than physical. Affluence brings its own problems. As societies become richer, an increasing proportion of the extra goods and services created are not available to everybody. Material affluence does not make for a better society. Fred Hirsch's classic exposition of the social limits to growth manages to connect many of the apparently disparate factors that blight modern life: alienation at work and deteriorating cities as well as inflation and unemployment.

The Limits to Growth Revisited


Author: Ugo Bardi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441994165

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 119

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“The Limits to Growth” (Meadows, 1972) generated unprecedented controversy with its predictions of the eventual collapse of the world's economies. First hailed as a great advance in science, “The Limits to Growth” was subsequently rejected and demonized. However, with many national economies now at risk and global peak oil apparently a reality, the methods, scenarios, and predictions of “The Limits to Growth” are in great need of reappraisal. In The Limits to Growth Revisited, Ugo Bardi examines both the science and the polemics surrounding this work, and in particular the reactions of economists that marginalized its methods and conclusions for more than 30 years. “The Limits to Growth” was a milestone in attempts to model the future of our society, and it is vital today for both scientists and policy makers to understand its scientific basis, current relevance, and the social and political mechanisms that led to its rejection. Bardi also addresses the all-important question of whether the methods and approaches of “The Limits to Growth” can contribute to an understanding of what happened to the global economy in the Great Recession and where we are headed from there.

Flourishing Within Limits to Growth

Following nature's way


Author: Sven Erik Jørgensen,Brian D. Fath,Søren Nors Nielsen,Federico M. Pulselli,Daniel A. Fiscus,Simone Bastianoni

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317552008

Category: Nature

Page: 222

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Decades of research and discussion have shown that the human population growth and our increased consumption of natural resources cannot continue – there are limits to growth. This volume demonstrates how we might modify and revise our economic systems using nature as a model. The book describes how nature uses three growth forms: biomass, information, and networks, resulting in improved overall ecosystem functioning and co-development. As biomass growth is limited by available resources, nature uses the two other growth forms to achieve higher resource use efficiency. Through a universal application of the three ‘R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle, nature thus shows us a way forward towards better solutions. However, our current approach, dominated by short-term economic thinking, inhibits full utilization of the three ‘R’s and other successful approaches from nature. Building on ecological principles, the authors present a global model and futures scenario analyses which show that implementation of the proposed changes will lead to a win-win situation. In other words, we can learn from nature how to develop a society that can flourish within the limits to growth with better conditions for prosperity and well-being.

Beyond the Limits to Growth

New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan


Author: Hiroshi Komiyama

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 443154559X

Category: Political Science

Page: 103

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At a time when contemporary challenges seem to many to be insurmountable, this book offers an optimistic view of the future and provides a road map for societies to get there. Drawing upon extensive research and many years as a thought leader in environmental and sustainability issues in Japan and internationally, Hiroshi Komiyama analyzes the most pressing challenges to the attainment of sustainability of economically advanced nations and argues forcefully for Japan to lead them out of the present dilemma through active promotion of creative consumer and societal demand. He shows how an active industry–government–academic partnership can provide the environment needed to promote such new creative demand and illustrates its potential through presentation of a Platinum Society Network that was launched on a regional basis in Japan in 2010 to facilitate the solution of common issues through the exchange of information and ideas. What is perhaps most surprising about the text is its unwavering optimism supported by hard evidence, history, and insightful observation. Problems arising from new paradigms of the 21st century (what the author refers to as “exploding knowledge, limited Earth resources, and aging societies“) thwart sustainable development in advanced and developing countries alike. All countries will struggle with issues that evolve from these paradigms including diminishing resources, expanding budget deficits, and growing global environmental problems. This window on potential practical pathways and solutions should be of interest to all those engaged in seeking ways to meet these contemporary challenges.

The Social Limits to Growth

Security and Insecurity Aspects of Home Ownership


Author: Nick Horsewood

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 1586036998

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

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Home ownership has both positive as well as negative aspects for individuals and society. This book is based on a research, which gives an insight into the security and insecurity aspects of home ownership across Europe. It helps you to understand the relationship between the structural position of home ownership in different European countries.

There Are No Limits To Growth


Author: Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.,Helga Zepp-LaRouche

Publisher: Executive Intelligence Review


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 225

View: 584

It is not necessary to let millions of babies die or to murder your own aunt in order to save the trees! Lyndon LaRouche refutes the Club of Rome's Limits to Growth hoax and shows that human creativity expressed as continuous scientific and technological progress is the single prerequisite to both secure the future of humanity and to spread the principle of life through more and more of the Universe.

Approaching Crisis of Global Cooling and the Limits to Growth

Global Warming Is Not Our Future


Author: Shigenori Maruyama

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477128603

Category: Education

Page: 156

View: 6686

We are at the terminal point of the warm interglacial period, and the next glacial age may anytime start. The first step of the global cooling is predicted by the author to come in 2035, when the food production will surely decrease. The population is expanding and the shortage of food and drain of natural resources result in the limits to the growth of the human society. It was predicted by the Rome Club (1972) that The Limits to Growth would come in 2020. All these conditions together corroborate to bring a severe crisis to human beings in near future. If the earth would be meeting warming in near future as predicted by IPCC, then the crisis would be mild. However, it is not the case. The atmospheric temperature of the earth will surely become cold, because most of major controlling factors of the atmospheric temperature, i.e., solar activity, cosmic rays, and geomagnetism are changing in a way to the cooling. The effect of carbon dioxide gas only cannot be too much evaluated. The effort of decreasing carbon dioxide gas is important in the sustainability of our limited resources, however, we have to seriously consider the measures for the approaching crisis of global cooling and the limits to growth.