Beyond denial. Managing the uncertainties of global change


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In 1972, the Club of Rome issued a report entitled “The Limits to Growth,” which warned of the possibility of collapse of human civilization if humans continue to expand both in their numbers and the demands they make on natural systems and resources. This warning has been repeated by scientists across the world and has been given new force by the accumulating evidence relating to anthropogenic climate change.

The warnings were shrugged off by many commentators, who argued that the innovative capacity of humans to overcome resource scarcity knew no bounds. Debate continues in the economics profession, about how these issues should be dealt with in development of public and economic policy.

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Douglas, RM ed. 2013, Beyond Denial Managing the Uncertainties of Global Change, Australia21, Canberra.