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3225Sustainability articles in Scientific American

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  • Roxanne Boyer
    Aug 14, 2005
      There are several interesting articles in the September issue of Scientific American about sustainability.  Some highlights...
       
      Today's population is 6.5 billion.  Up from 3 billion in 1960 and predicted to be 9.1 billion in 2050.  Scientists wonder if the population has passed its human carrying capacity; that means that resources, such as forrests and fresh water are being consumed faster than they are being regenerated and wastes are being produced faster than they can be disposed of.
       
      Governments and economic planners must move away from the expectation of exponential growth (consumption).  The demand by "investors" for exponential growth is causing companies to deplete resources as fast as possible to maximize short term gains, while causing an economic crash on the long term when resources are depleted.  Resource regeneration must be considered when evaluating the value of a company.
       
      Lots to think about and lots of good work to be done. 
       
      "If the American citizen loses interest in what the government is doing, then interest groups will move the government at a loss for the American citizen."
       
       
       
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