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NYAS Discussion: The Limits of Growth, a debate

"Earth Care" is one of the central tenets of permaculture.

Is it too late?

Have human activities pushed Earth’s resources and ecosystems close to the breaking point?

Is massive environmental and social disruption just on the horizon?

(Photo: Alberta Tar Sands)

Can science provide us innovations that will allow the planet to overcome many biophysical constraints and keep growing? Leading scientific figures debate whether the best path to sustainability is by stressing limits or innovation.

*Reception to follow. (I hear the food's phenomenal!)

Moderator
David Biello
Scientific American

Speakers
Peter Kareiva, PhD
The Nature Conservancy

Linus Blomqvist
The Breakthrough Institute

Registration Pricing
Member $0
Student/Postdoc Member $0
Nonmember $20
Nonmember (Student /  Resident / Fellow) $10

This event is part of the Nature and Our Future Series
In this three-part series on conservation and conservation science, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Nature Conservancy explore some of the dynamics and critical issues involving people and nature.

• Adapting Cities to Climate Change in a Post-Sandy World, Thursday,January 24, 2013
• Where Will the Water of the Future Come From?, Thursday,February 28, 2013
• The Limits of the Planet: A Debate, Thursday, March 21, 2013

Purchase all three events and save! Learn more.


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  • Tiffany

    It's been my experience that a few people always miss it due to work, so, if you got the "sold out" notice when you tried to register, I would recommend just going anyway. Chances are very high that they will let you pay at the door. Just try to go a bit early.

    March 20, 2013

    • Jamie

      i did. success! thanks for your tip.

      March 28, 2013

  • Tiffany

    I didn't take many notes, but here are a few interesting tidbits: 40% of US corn went to ethanol production, using 1/3 of synthetic nitrogen, while only supplying 1% of US energy
    If US stopped ethanol production and cut back on meat consumption to what doctors recommend, it would reduce nitrogen use in the US by 2/3 and solve the nitrogen pollution problem while allowing plenty left over to send to Africa to help those who need it.
    20% crop reduction and 66,000 premature deaths each year in the US because of nitrogen pollution
    Climate change has made the Hudson River more sensitive to nitrogen pollution than in decades past
    Current US, China, India plans for increases in biofuels production would require a[masked]% increase in land devoted to agriculture. This simply can't be done.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Jamie

    Tried to register this morning. Full already! ㅠㅠ

    March 19, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Remember to go to the site to register and buy your ticket! Your name needs to be on the list to get in.

    March 16, 2013

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