Limits to resources, economic growth and happiness

Taniguchi Shoji

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Terrible scenario for the future aspect of our society was issued by "The Limits to Growth". Basic problems that we confront are the restricted natural resources and the environment. Regarding the resources, the overall average of the reserve/production ratio is predicted to fall below 10 years by 2040. Aggressive developments of mines based on the sense of urgency for metal resources cause strong confliction with the environment and the people living there. Resultantly, urban mine becomes more realistic than before. From the view point of ecological foot print, 5.3 globes are needed if all the people living in the world attain the affluent life same as USA. On the other hand, it is clear that we can get larger utility by smaller goods if our scale of satisfaction is reduced. We have to notice that happiness is our ultimate purpose, economy and industry are intermediate, and natural resources support the all from the basis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-369
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Shanghai Jiaotong University (Science)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Economic growth
  • Environmental load assessment
  • Happiness
  • Natural resources

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