Revisiting the Limits to Growth After Peak Oil

In the 1970s a rising world population and the finite resources available to support it were hot topics. Interest faded—but it’s time to take another look

Environment Sociology Human Ecology

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May-June 2009

Volume 97, Number 3
Page 230

DOI: 10.1511/2009.78.230

In recent decades there has been considerable discussion in academia and the media about the environmental impacts of human activity, especially those related to climate change and biodiversity, but far less attention has been paid to the diminishing resource base for humans. Despite our inattention, resource depletion and population growth have been continuing relentlessly.

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