In 1972, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, William W. Behrens III publish The Limits to Growth.
The pioneering report concluded :
If the present growth trends in world population, industrialisation, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.
In September 2014, the Guardian publishes an article mentioning a research from the University of Melbourne showing that the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on.
On this blog article, we can see the predicated trend and the observed trend :