Limits to Growth

Limits to Growth

by Donella H. Meadows

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Overview

In 1972 four young scientists at MIT wrote The Limits to Growth, which shocked the world and became an international best-seller. Using the World3 computer model, the authors looked toward the future, for the first time showing the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet. Now, armed with 30 additional years of data, these authors sound the alarm on humanity's devastating effects on climate, water quality, fisheries, forests, and other imperiled resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451057679
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/31/1972
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Donella Meadows, who died unexpectedly in 2001, was a systems analyst and adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and wrote the nationally syndicated newspaper column "The Global Citizen."

Jorgen Randers is a policy analyst, professor and former President of the Norwegian School of Management. He is also the former Deputy Director General of WWF International. Randers lives in Oslo, Norway.

Dennis Meadows is a professor of Systems Management and director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Authors' Prefaceix
1.Overshoot1
2.The Driving Force: Exponential Growth17
3.The Limits: Sources and Sinks51
4.World3: The Dynamics of Growth in a Finite World129
5.Back from Beyond the Limits: The Ozone Story181
6.Technology, Markets, and Overshoot203
7.Transitions to a Sustainable System235
8.Tools for the Transition to Sustainability265
Appendices
1.Changes from World3 to World3-03285
2.Indicators of Human Welfare and Ecological Footprint289
Endnotes295
List of Tables and Figures with Sources311
Index325

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