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
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
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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