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Environmental Health, Planetary Boundaries and Limits to Growth


Butler, CD and Higgs, K and McFarlane, AR, Environmental Health, Planetary Boundaries and Limits to Growth, Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Elsevier, J Nriagu (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 533-543. ISBN 9780444639516 (2019) [Other Book Chapter]

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The Limits to Growth (1972) was commissioned by the Club of Rome and written by a research team led by Donella Meadows, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was not the first work to grapple with the idea that physical limits apply to the human economic and social system, but it drew extensive attention and remains the best-selling environmental book of all time. The book summarized outcomes of modeling work that explored the complex interactions between human civilization and the physical world in which it is inextricably embedded. The MIT team concluded that significant systemic problems were emerging from accelerating industrialization, population growth, under-nutrition, the depletion of non-renewable resources and environmental contamination and decline.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:EROI, limits to growth, environmental health, planetary boundaries
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Energy storage, distribution and supply
Objective Field:Energy storage, distribution and supply not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Higgs, K (Dr Kerryn Higgs)
ID Code:135004
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-09-19
Last Modified:2019-09-25

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