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Re: [CumberlandGreenRiverBC] Scientists vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy'

From: Eric S.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9:41 AM
"The Earth has finite mineral resources, but humans are using them up faster than they can regenerate."  What?? Actually, I think that most minerals do not "regenerate." For instance, the earth does not produce more coltan, to replace the coltan that we've already dug up and put into cellphones.

There is a very high correlation between the extent to which a nation is rich in rare minerals, and the extent to which the nation has been devastated by "humanitarian intervention" by the USA.

It is my impression that the market does not pay much attention to long-term plans such as those suggested by the Club of Rome. The big players in the market are compelled, by market competition, to compete in offering short-term profits to investors, without concern for the future. The market is a selective force that drives evolution toward short-sightedness. Any big player who puts concern for his great-grandchildren ahead of the bottom line will soon cease to be a big player. "Business as usual" will continue as long as profit rules the world.


Eric Schechter   http://LeftyMathProf.org
Is ecocide inherent in capitalism?


On 6/10/14, 9:07 AM, Doug Kalmer wrote:
The Earth has finite mineral resources, but humans are using them up faster than they can regenerate, with rising economic and environmental costs.
According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report, industrial civilisation is likely to deplete its low-cost mineral resources within the next century, with debilitating impacts for the global economy and key infrastructures within the coming decade.
The study, the 33rd report to the Club of Rome, is authored by Prof Ugo Bardi of the University of Florence's Earth Sciences Department, and includes contributions from a wide range of senior scientists across relevant disciplines.
The Club of Rome is a Swiss-based global think tank consisting of current and former heads of state, UN bureaucrats, government officials, diplomats, scientists, economists and business leaders.
Its first report in 1972, The Limits to Growth, was conducted by a scientific team at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), and warned that limited availability of natural resources relative to rising costs would undermine continued economic growth by around the second decade of the 21st century.





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