More from Less
The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources―and What Happens Next
A research scientist says that some economies have found a way to do more with less.
Research scientist Andrew McAfee proposes a convenient truth: Most advanced economies are consuming more while polluting less. Armed with a slew of data, the MIT scholar makes the bold argument that the United States has passed the point of peak metal, fertilizer and fossil fuel consumption. The skeptical reader might wonder whether the data support his conclusion quite so unequivocally, as they omit the impact of the outsourcing of material-intensive and polluting production to developing countries. But if his projections of US trends really reflect an agnostic direction for all economies, they may, in the long run, offer a glimmer of hope.
About the Author
Andrew McAfee is co-founder and co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. With Erik Brynjolfsson, he wrote The Second Machine Age and Race Against the Machine.
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