The Limits to Growth Revisited

Part of the series SpringerBriefs in Energy pp 5-13


The Story of “The Limits to Growth”

  • Ugo BardiAffiliated withDipartimento di Chimica, Università di Firenze Email author 

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The end of the Second World War brought a period of great prosperity for the Western World. It was the time of suburban housing, of two cars for every family, of a refrigerator in the kitchen, and of air travel which was not any more a privilege for the rich. It was the time of plastics, of antibiotics, of television, and of the first computers. Those were also the years of the start of the exploration of space. The first Sputnik satellite was launched in 1957. Only 12 years later, in 1969, a man set foot for the first time on the Moon.