02 May '11, 10am

Thermodynamics and the Downward Spiral of Industrialized Society - #sustainability #energy

Thermodynamics and the Downward Spiral of Industrialized Society - #sustainability #energy

The primary goal of industrialized economies is to grow, and this is an inherently unsustainable ambition. Even increasing eco-efficiency will not compensate for the damage we are inflicting to the environment through population growth and excessive consumption. Although it has been shown that environmental impacts will decrease initially as “green” technologies are emerging and growing, this will only hold up for as long as this growth can occur faster than the parallel growth of the economy. At the point wherein economical progress overtakes the progress in eco-efficiencies, environmental degradation will become a mainstay as long as economic growth is the main objective. Therefore, thanks to the second law of thermodynamics, it is possible in the short-term to have both economic growth and environmental protection, but never will they endure as long-term mutual outcomes...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/thermodynamics-downwa...

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