Ronald Bailey on Earth Day and the 40th Anniversary of The Limits of Growth


Forty years ago The Limits to Growth, a report to the Club of Rome, was released with great fanfare at a conference at the Smithsonian Institution. The conclusion of the MIT computer model was dire: Unless profligate humanity mended its ways, a massive population crash in a starving, polluted, and resource depleted world was inevitable in the next 100 years. Just in time for Earth Day, Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey looks at a variety of global trends and wonders if the ancient computer model was a case of "environmentalist garbage in" generating "environmentalist gospel out."