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Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future

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Twenty years after their influential book, The Limits to Growth, was published to worldwide acclaim, the authors revise several scenarios of growth, concluding that the global industrial system has already overshot some of the Earth's vital ecological limits.
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Published August 1st 1993 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published 1992)
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure any educated person can go a day longer without understanding the Limits of Growth thesis, and how we have to embrace that to get past neo-Liberalism. This later rendition has the argument and also recommendations (many still applicable today).
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A scientific book for the general public which proposes a sustainable world. They explain a computer model they built back in the 1970s, which they then updated and ran again in the 90s. The results most certainly illustrate that our current world system is headed for an overshoot (using too many resources for too many reasons without enough waste receptacles without noticing the signs saying "TOO MUCH!") and collapse (because we don't act in time to save ourselves).

Very clear book, poetically
Julian Schlaen
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si bien se trata de un libro originalmente escrito en los 70's y actualizado a principios de los 90's, resulta muy interesante el enfoque sistémico desde donde analizan la cuestión de equilibrio entre desarrollo, crecimiento y medio ambiente. Un enfoque que deja de lado en gran parte cuestiones subjetivas, y se centra la interrelación entre distintas variables como población, alimentos, servicios y otras variables cuantificables. Sería muy interesante ver algún análisis similar, actualizado con ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not good at skimming or reading just part of a book. Though that would have been a good thing to do here. It's a sobering yet technical look at how our planet is racing towards (or past) its natural limits, and how we might mitigate the trouble ahead and build a more sustainable society. The action it calls for is profound and fundamental, but that's what I was reading it for. I quite like the final chapters on the vision for the future, as it falls in line well with my own thinking. I'm loo ...more
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Shelves: ecology
After "The Limits to Growth," another life-changing book.
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Another book that relates to my Environmental Economics class.
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