Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows.
Back in the early 1970s, a team of young scientists from MIT spent 2 years developing and working with a world computer simulation program called “World3” that was designed to study the potential consequences of current global patterns of growth and consumption. The computer model results were staggering and made quite a stir when announced to the world and subsequently published in Limits to Growth by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and William H. Behrens III. In one scenario after another, the computer model invariably predicted that human population would swell to the point where it overshot the planet’s capability to support the population, and then come crashing down as one system after another failed in mankind’s final attempts to keep people fed, clothed, and housed. This 30-year update explores alternatives to change the course from collapse to sustainability. Highly recommended.