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The Limits to growth: A report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind Paperback – February 18, 1974


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  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Books; 2nd edition (February 18, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876631650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876631652
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donella H. Meadows was a pioneering environmental scientist, author, teacher, and farmer widely considered ahead of her time. She was one of the world's foremost systems analysts and lead author of the influential Limits to Growth. She was Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, the founder of the Sustainability Institute and co-founder of the International Network of Resource Information Centers.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Smitu Kothari on June 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Limits to Growth," was the pathbreaking report to the Club of Rome. It caused outrage worldwide. Released just before the first oil crisis in 1973, the Report drew on the growing awareness of environmental impacts of human activity and predicted dire consequences if the then present rate and scale of natural resource consumption was not tempered.
The Report was also pathbreaking because it used a sophisticated simulation model that showed that intervention in one part of the ecological system has unexpected impacts on other pasrts of that system.
The Report should be required reading for all those interested in the human footprint. Justifiably, it generated heated controversy, with many labeling the Club of Rome as neo-Malthusian doomsayers. The fact that the analysis of the Report is still relevant today is an indication of its historic significance.
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Although there are those who remain in denial about the foresight and wisdom of this book, today we are left in no doubt: there *are* limits to growth, and those who refuse to accept such realities accelerate the demise of our planet while also ignoring the depradations upon the public of corporations, religions, crime families and networks, and the "states" whose officials they all bribe and subvert.

The good news is that an entire literature has developed from this one little book, and there is a growing public awareness--as well as growing financial and corporate awareness--of the urgency of harmonizing our human behavior with the larger Earth system of which we are a part.

On the dark side:
Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy
The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink
High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health
High Noon 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them

A handful of current references that can trace their heritage back to this book, which is still worth reading today:
...Read more ›
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Casteel on March 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Read this book with an unbiased mind and you will sleep much less soundly.....The rabid first reviewer of this book needs to read it again and then examine the world as it exists today. The conclusions of this seminal work are being born out in front of our very eyes. Prediction: Violent conflict over shrinking resources...ever hear of the Middle East and Oil? Prediction: New diseases create modern epidemics as nature fights back...uh, AIDs, SARS, the rise of anti-biotic resistant bacteria? Prediction: The rapid growth of industrialism and consumerism in Third World countries where the vast majority of the world's population lives will use up this planet's resources at a geometrically increasing pace. The US uses 45% of the world's energy. What happens when one billion Chinese all have a car?
The most frightening aspect of this book is the authors' willingness to include their critics wildest assumptions in their mathematical models. The point the authors are making is indisputable; it is not a matter of IF we are going to use up this planet's resources, it a matter of when.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Richards on July 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book looks at a few basic trends and asks what they mean on a world scale in the long term.

The main trend is the exponential increase in the human population - and the finite size of the earth, and resources of the earth.

Clearly these trends are real and cannot be discounted, the question the book asks is when and how will the finite size of the earth pose a problem to exponentially increaseing population.

I think there are legitamate questions over the details of the modelling (something the authors readily admit), but I have yet to see a constructive criticism that addressed the broad themes of this book.

The main predictions were in the 2050 - 2070 time scale - so critics claiming the book got it wrong about prediciting doomsday scenarios that didn't come true simply haven't read the book. But this highlights a very interesting thing - for some reason the book gets very heated responses from people, despite the fact that it is hard to deny the major trends it talks about - perhaps because it encourages a different world view than we are used to.
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I got my copy after Watching a youtube video on the Club of Rome and how some Elite people believe that the world is over populated. And how Some secret society has to monitor the growth of the human race. Scary stuff but anyway this book seems to be a pre requisite to the georgia guide stones in Georgia, USA. The same things that are said in this book are the same things that are chiseled into these gigantic stones in Georgia. A scary read but some insight
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