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The Limits to Growth: The 30-year Update

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By: Donella Meadows(Author), Jorgen Randers(Author), Dennis Meadows(Author)

338 pages, illustrations, tables


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #150614 | ISBN: 1844071448
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In 1972, Limits to Growth shocked the world and forever changed the global agenda by demonstrating that unchecked growth on our finite planet was leading the Earth towards ecological `overshoot' and pending disaster. The book went on to sell millions of copies and ignited a firestorm of controversy that burns hotter than ever in these days of soaring oil prices, wars for resources and human-induced climate change.

This substantially revised, expanded and updated edition follows on from Limits to Growth and its sequel Beyond the Limits, which raised the alarm that we have already overshot the planet's carrying capacity. Marshalling a vast array of new, hard data, more powerful computer modelling and incorporating the latest thinking on sustainability, ecological footprinting and limits, this new book presents future overshoot scenarios and makes an even more urgent case for a rapid readjustment of the global economy toward a sustainable path.

"If you only read one book [...] make this it!"
– Hunter Lovins, co-author of Natural Capitalism

"An impressive sequel [...] [that] shuns gloom and doom to be boldly pragmatic about the future"
Kirkus Reviews


- Preface
- Overshoot
- The Driving Force: Exponential Growth
- The Limits: Sources and Sinks
- The Dynamics of Growth in a Finite World
- Back for Beyond the Limits: The Ozone Story
- Technology, Markets and Overshoot
- Transition to a Sustainable System
- Overshoot But Not Collapse
- Bibliography, Index

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Donella Meadows was Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, USA. Jorgen Randers is a policy analyst and President Emeritus at the Norwegian School of Management. Dennis Meadows is Professor of Systems Management and Director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research, University of New Hampshire, USA.

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