CHAPTER 2End of the Open Frontier
If current predictions of population growth prove accurate and patterns of human activity on the planet remain unchanged, science and technology may not be able to prevent either irreversible degradation of the environment or continued poverty for much of the world.
—ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDONand US NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
It is impossible for the world economy to grow its way out of poverty and environmental degradation. . . . As the economic subsystem grows it incorporates an even greater proportion of the total ecosystem into itself and must reach a limit at 100 percent, if not before.
What has gone wrong? Why is the dream that should be in our grasp turning into a nightmare? The fundamental ...