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Until recently it was quite difficult to find information on the limits to growth. It was a niche subject and the best books on it were out of print. Not any more. The subject is going mainstream, slowly but surely. Recent quotes and statements are on the news page, and more notable resources are listed here.

Here is a collection of useful places to find out more. It’s a work in progress, and if you know of good books and things to add, either leave a comment or email me and I’ll add it.

This special edition of the New Scientist is a useful place to start.

Prosperity Without Growth, by Tim Jackson
Economics for a finite planet, and the best introduction to the problems of growth.

Enough is Enough, by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill
Building a sustainable economy in a world of finite resources – after Prosperity Without Growth, read this one for the solutions.

The End of Growth, by Richard Heinberg
Putting climate, peak oil and debt together

How much is enough? By Robert and Edward Skidelsky
The love of money and the case for the good life

Capitalism as if the world matters, by Johnathon Porritt
Can capitalism ever be sustainable?

The Constant Economy, by Zac Goldsmith
How to create a stable society.

Farewell to Growth, by Serge Latouche

Prosperity Without Growth
As above, the earlier report version from the Sustainable Development Commission.

The Great Transition
a vision of the future from the new economics foundation

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2010 10:50 pm

    Don’t forget the Adbusters campaign – Kick It Over – and their Issue #85, which is full of good stuff.

  2. May 10, 2011 3:10 pm

    There is a marvelous book by William R Catton called “Overshoot The Ecological of Revolutionary Change” more information here –,_Jr.

    There are so very few people who realize that we are at the literal edge of how we live our lives and I am doing all I can to live with an ever diminishing footprint.

  3. January 29, 2012 5:17 pm

    Hey Jeremy,
    Excellent as always. An interesting study along similar lines is summarized on Yale’s Environment site:


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