Building a world of
resilient communities.

Articles: Resource Depletion (524)

Newest   Oldest

How do Empires hunt bears? The control of natural resources from ancient Rome to our times

You probably know the joke that starts with the question "how do economists hunt bears?"

How Technological Progress can Generate a Faster Collapse

The collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery industry gives us a good example of the abrupt collapse in the production of resources - even resources which are theoretically renewable.

Fossil Fuels: Are we on the Edge of the Seneca Cliff?

It is a well known tenet of people working in system dynamics that there exist plenty of cases of solutions worsening the problem.

The Collapse of Oil Prices and Energy Security in Europe

Eventually, production must go down: there will still be oil that could be, theoretically, extracted, but that we won't be able to afford to extract. This is the essence of the concept of depletion.

Peak mileage and the diminishing returns of technology

In the US; people are driving less. Perhaps there are behavioral factors involved, but "peak mileage" suggest that they are doing that because they can't afford to drive more.

Energy and the Economy - Twelve Basic Principles

There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt.

Global justice, sustainability and the sharing economy

With public interest in the sharing economy on the rise, a polarisation of views on its potential benefits and drawbacks is fast becoming apparent.

IEA Investment Report - Stumbling on the Real Story

What the IEA has inadvertently stumbled upon is the reason why oil limits are a problem...It looks like there are plenty of resources available and plenty of ways to reduce energy use through mitigation. In fact, it becomes to impossible to finance everything that needs to be done.

Scientists vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy'

A fundamental reorganisation of the way societies produce, manage and consume resources could support a new high-technology civilisation, but this would entail a new "circular economy" premised on wide-scale practices of recycling across production and consumption chains, a wholesale …

Thailand militarisation is symptom of accelerating global system failure

Thailand's latest authoritarian turn is a warning to us all.

MORE Resource Depletion RESULTS +