E3S Web of Conferences
Volume 2, 2014Science and the Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||26 March 2014|
World Mineral resources and the Limits to Economic Growth
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra – Università di Firenze c/o Polo Scientifico di Sesto Fiorentino, via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy
This presentation describes how the present economic situation can be described in terms of the system dynamics models developed in the series of studies that were titled “The Limits to Growth”. The result of this examination is that mineral depletion may be a major factor in causing the slowdown in economic growth in several countries. The effect is not the result of “running out” of any resource, but of the gradual increase in extraction costs which is forcing the economy to dedicate larger and larger resources to the production of mineral commodities.
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