Population Growth, Energy Consumption and Climate Change — Three Problems, No Solution?
By Reiner Klingholz & Klaus Töpfer
The world has three major growth problems: human population has doubled in the last 44 years. Energy consumption has tripled during the same period. And the emission of greenhouse gases has increased faster than the number of people. These trends, should they continue, have the potential to disturb the ecological balance on the planet, putting in danger the living conditions of a growing number of people. The discussion paper is seeking ways out of this "trilemma of growth".