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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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Book by Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows, William W. Behrens

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,878 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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22 of 26 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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10 of 13 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sintai on October 17, 2013
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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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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mcl181 on January 12, 2010
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This Book was required reading and regurgitation for a university Geology course taken in 1974. Most of its doomsday like predictions have proven to be false. Part of the Scientific Method requires either discarding or seriously modifying a hypothesis in the face of contrary facts. There are the glaring facts that natural resources such as copper, gold, nickel, oil, zinc, etc., etc., were supposed to have been depleted by the year 2000 -- according to the authors and their "world model." These commodities, as of 2010 reports are not depleted. New sources are continuing to be discovered as have happened through-out human history.

Thus, the hypothesis model is wrong, the input data is wildly inaccurate, and/or serious computer programing glitches/bugs are lurking about. There is a valid under-current or basic message, associated with the title however.

That message is that business as usual - disregard for various side effects, including enviornmental, can not continue. There is a balance between shrub hugging, tree cuddling, bunny sniffers and myopic, bottom-line-profit, corporate morons. The mentality and methods of these extremes do more harm than good; there is ample historical evidence to illustrate the reality.

A better use of time and resources, that went into this book, would have been addressing and hypothesizing towards a very important goal:
Providing clean adequate drinking water and apt waste removal to EVERYONE on the planet. It would be a mighty first step to raising and equalizing living conditions...
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