Age of substitutability: or what do we do when the mercury r

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Age of substitutability: or what do we do when the mercury r

Postby Johan » 16 Dec 2008, 12:12

This is a nice article to discuss. Its quite old, from 1975, but the authors points are still relevant today.
Title: Age of substitutability: or what do we do when the mercury r
Author: Alvin Weinberg and H.E.Goeller
Published:18 september 1975
Availability: Downloadable from DOE information bridge


Age of substitutability: or what do we do when the mercury runs out

Two conflicting views dominate our perception of man's long-term future. The "catastrophists" believe the earth's resources wil'i soon be exhausted, and that this will lead to a collapse of societv. The "cornucopians" argue that most of the essential raw materials are infinite: that as the society exhausts one raw material , it will turn to lower grade, iriexhaustible substitutes. OR renewable resources, and on those elements that are practically infinite, such as iron and aluminium. According to this view the society will settle into a steady-state of substitution and recycle. This asymptotic society we call the Age of Sustaiability.
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