This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  

Limits to Growth

Limits to growth

The thrust of the major work of Thomas Malthus (1776–1834) was that human population growth would always exceed the capacity to produce adequate resources; the Limits study, published as a book in 1972, was an attempt to use the newly developed powers of digital computers to model the interaction between exponentially growing populations and their resource uses. The conclusions were that some resources (notably those of the fossil fuels) would run out in relatively short periods: for petroleum, some 50 years was forecast. The object of the authors was to issue a warning to the world that it was on a track that would not only produce resource insufficiencies but considerable environmental damage as well. There was a considerable furore ...

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