Biophysical constraints to economic growth

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Publication date: 2003-11-23
First published in: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems,
Authors: Cutler J. Cleveland


Stable consumer prices, full employment, and increasing per capita wealth are economic and
political goals in nearly every nation. Aggregate economic growth has been the principal means
for realizing these goals. Yet comprehensive and independent scientific investigations provide
compelling evidence that the growth of the global economy is not sustainable because it consumes
many of the environmental services that underpin the production of goods and services.

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