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Quantifying Overextension—America’s “Predicament”

December 5, 2008 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Tim Murray for bringing my attention to the work of Chris Clugston. Also, thanks to Chris Clugston for the PDF document below.
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In a general sense, “societal overextension” is a condition in which a society is living beyond its means ecologically and economically. The significant consequence associated with societal overextension is that the society’s population level and material living standards exceed sustainable levels.

Societal overextension (overextension) occurs when a society’s lifestyle paradigm, its “way of life”, is enabled by the persistent overexploitation of ecological resources and economic resources.

For full article, visit:
http://www.energybulletin.net/node/46892

Chris Clugston Solution-12-1 (PDF, 361 KB)


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