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Learning Environment, Limits to Growth (CD-ROM): The 30-Year Update CD-ROM – 1 Dec 2004

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Product details

  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co; Cdr edition (1 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931498857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931498852
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 12.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,216,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you only read one book ... make this it! -- L HUNTER LOVINS, co-author of Natural Capitalism

It is time for the world to re-read Limits to Growth! The message
of 1972 is more real and relevant now, and we wasted 30 valuable years of
action by misreading the message of the first book' -- MATTHEW R SIMMONS, founder, Simmons & Company International, the world's largest energy investment banking firm

Not everything bears repetition, but truth does - especially when
that truth is both denied by entrenched interests and verified by new
information. -- HERMAN E DALY, former World Bank senior economist and professor, University of Maryland

This is compelling, essential and indeed necessary reading for all
concerned with our common future. -- International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Vol 6 no 3 2005

This is superb stuff. If you read only one book this year my guess
is that it should be this one!
--Social and Environmental Accounting Journal, April 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
Overshoot: when demand overtakes supply.
I recall buying the original edition of this book back in 1972, and also recall the rubbishing it got from those who believed it was all scare mongering.
The events of the 1970's should have acted as wake-up call, but they now seem like a distant memory: the three-day-week, the power cuts, the petrol rationing coupons (never implemented).
Since 1972, growth has been given a huge boost by globalisation, and the take-offs in China and India.
When this book was published in its 1992 edition - 'Beyond the Limits' - the authors warned that unsustainability was already evident: deforestation, climate change, the ozone hole.
They point to the failure of various international summits to get a grip on the problem.
It seems that our elites are vaguely aware that there is a problem here, and mention it in passing to give the impression that they on the case. It is usually on the list of the many things the Prime Minister is going to sort out before dinner.
The Kyoto protocols were some sort of triumph. But the developing nations, like China and India were not included and George W Bush doesn't seem to be persuaded that there's a problem.
The lack of urgency is widespread: as the victims of Katrina and Rita now know better than the rest of us.
Yet it's all something we know. We all know, for example, that the oil is going to dry up some day, but what the heck? It won't be next week, will it?
But someday it is going to be someone else's next week.
When that time comes, all the lost local skills will suddenly be missed. For that is what it will be: a return to the local economy. Your food, your shelter, your clothing, will all have be sourced locally.
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I seem to be becoming more and more critical and less and less tolerant these days. It's rare that I can read a contemporary book without silently cursing its inaccuracies or shortcomings.

This book, however, didn't present me a single opportunity to do so. Wonderfully well written and to the point. Genuine experts in their field.

We would all do well to heed their advice - put down whatever it is you are doing and listen a while.
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While some of the book is a little heavy going it is overall complusive reading and not difficult to understand or follow. It is very thought provoking and should be compulsory reading by all generations. My generation [ the older one ] needs to understand the legacy they are leaving behind by not confronting the issues and hopefully the younger generations will read the book and get an insight as to how not to make the same mistakes.
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This book is neither easy nor pleasant reading. However, it is not the purely pessimistic voice of doom or the rabid environmentalist tract that many reviews described when the first edition came out 30 years ago. Rather, it is a sort of cross between a primer on budgeting and the warning a doctor might give to an overweight smoker. A good budget rests on a few simple assumptions: Resources are limited; you must plan for the future; and if you overspend now, you'll run short later. A doctor's report would say, "You may not have symptoms now, but your habits will eventually cause your body to break down." Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows present such a warning to all of human civilization. They analyze resource consumption, economic distribution, population growth and pollution. Their sobering conclusions amount to an attempt to start humanity on the road to a more equitable, sustainable society. The effort required to read this book comes in part from the writing, which varies drastically in style, tone and organizational choices, and in part from the innate challenges of the material. That said, getAbstract recommends it to anyone who wishes to plan realistically for the future, whether you're a CEO who wants to do sustainable business, a national leader who wants to create thriving human institutions, a community member concerned about local pollution, or a parent who does not want his or her children to grow up in a wasteland.
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