Limits to growth: The 30-year update - Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, and Jørgen Randers

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production.

Submitted by Tyrion on September 27, 2013

Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global 'overshoot, ' or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. Now, preeminent environmental scientists Donnella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows have teamed up again to update and expand their original findings in The Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Global Update.

Meadows, Randers, and Meadows are international environmental leaders recognized for their groundbreaking research into early signs of wear on the planet. Citing climate change as the most tangible example of our current overshoot, the scientists now provide us with an updated scenario and a plan to reduce our needs to meet the carrying capacity of the planet.

Over the past three decades, population growth and global warming have forged on with a striking semblance to the scenarios laid out by the World3 computer model in the original Limits to Growth. While Meadows, Randers, and Meadows do not make a practice of predicting future environmental degradation, they offer an analysis of present and future trends in resource use, and assess a variety of possible outcomes.

In many ways, the message contained in Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update is a warning. Overshoot cannot be sustained without collapse. But, as the authors are careful to point out, there is reason to believe that humanity can still reverse some of its damage to Earth if it takes appropriate measures to reduce inefficiency and waste.



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Submitted by woooo on September 30, 2013

what software do i need for this file ?

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Submitted by Joseph Kay on September 30, 2013

mobi is Amazon's Kindle format. Calibre should be able to open it and/or convert it.


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Submitted by infektfm on April 15, 2015

What do people here think about this book?

The reviews wiki cites in its page are all negative -- they all seem to be from people I wouldn't trust anyways, but their criticisms regard the rigorousness of the model.