CSIRO reviews “Limits to Growth” 30 years on

The Club of Rome is a global think tank founded in 1968. Its mission is “to act as a global catalyst for change through the identification and analysis of the crucial problems facing humanity and the communication of such problems to the most important public and private decision makers as well as to the general public”.

In 1972, the Club of Rome produced a report, Limits to Growth. The book became the world’s best selling environmental book. In it, a number of scenarios where modelled looking at the consequences of a rapidly growing world population and finite resource supplies

In June 2008, Graham Turner of the CSIRO reviewed the scenarios 30 years on to see if any of the scenarios outlined in Limits to Growth match where the world is now . Contrary to popular belief, the scenarios in Limits to Growth did not predict a global collapse by the end of the 2oth century. The analysis by Graham Turner shows that 30 years of actual data compares well with the “business as usual” scenario or standard run scenario.

Click here for a link to the CSIRO report.