Category Archives: Exponential Growth

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Limits to Growth? 2016 United Nations report provides best evidence yet

This peer-reviewed United Nations report (excerpts below) ought to scare anyone who understands exponential growth. Here are a few examples to think about while reading the report: If 2 grams of gold grew at a 5% compound rate for 2,000 … Continue reading

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The one and only U.S. House of Representatives hearing on Peak Oil

[ Enjoy this hearing with scientific experts warning that we will reach peak oil soon (or may have already) because from now on, these experts won’t be invited back.  Instead, House & Senate hearings will mostly have speakers interested in … Continue reading

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Exponential growth examples

Monbiot, George. 27 May 2014. It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing. The … Continue reading

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Joseph Romm: we’re stealing from the next 100 billion people to walk the earth

Is the global economy a Ponzi scheme, are we all Bernie Madoffs, and what comes next? Part 1 By Joseph Romm, author of “The Hype about Hydrogen” By “paying ourselves” with the wealth from future generations — indeed, from the … Continue reading

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Exponential growth and carrying capacity

Watch it happen — see the populations of major cities grow in these animated maps that reveal in 60 seconds how cities have exploded in size over the last 130 years Al Bartlett, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Colorado, … Continue reading

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Oil Production Fueled Population Growth and Food Production

As oil exponentially declines, so will population and food. 1994. Elaine M. Murphy. World Population: Toward the Next Century, © 1994 by the Population Reference Bureau, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 520, Washington, DC, 20009. Property of Population Reference Bureau, … Continue reading

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Nothing is So Powerful As an Exponential Whose Time Has Come

Donella Meadows on: Nothing is So Powerful As an Exponential Whose Time Has Come The reason environmentalists are often so gloomy is that they know what the word “exponential” means. “A lack of appreciation for what exponential increase really means … Continue reading

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Nering on the Mirage of a Growing Fuel Supply

4 June 2001. Evar D. Nering. The Mirage of a Growing Fuel Supply. New York Times. In my classes, I describe the following hypothetical situation: We have a 100-year supply of oil if it were consumed at its current rate. … Continue reading

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