Will progress in science and technology avert or accelerate global collapse? A critical analysis and policy recommendations

@article{Huesemann2008WillPI,
  title={Will progress in science and technology avert or accelerate global collapse? A critical analysis and policy recommendations},
  author={Michael H. Huesemann and J. A. Huesemann},
  journal={Environment, Development and Sustainability},
  year={2008},
  volume={10},
  pages={787-825}
}
Industrial society will move towards collapse if its total environmental impact (I), expressed either in terms of energy and materials use or in terms of pollution, increases with time, i.e., dI/dt > 0. The traditional interpretation of the I = PAT equation reflects the optimistic belief that technological innovation, particularly improvements in eco-efficiency, will significantly reduce the technology (T) factor, and thereby result in a corresponding decline in impact (I). Unfortunately, this… 

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