Dennis L. Meadows's research while affiliated with Dartmouth College and other places

Publications (40)

Poster
This poster resulted from a brainstorming session held in Berlin organized and supported by World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Article
I provide a personal reflection on the history of interactive gaming and “management flight simulators” in system dynamics, offering practical advice on the attributes of effective games and gaming. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Article
In this unpublished memoir, written in the early 1990s, the late Dana Meadows reflects on the history of The Limits to Growth, including its origins, conclusions, and the reactions it generated. This memoir had been condensed and edited by Dennis Meadows. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Sequel to The limits to growth this book presents a renewed and refined version of the 1972 assessment and warnings. Better data, improved modelling and 20 yr of hindsight lead the authors to conclude that many resource and pollution flows are now no longer approaching the limits. Adopting a systems viewpoint and using the World3 model it is shown...
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301 p., fig. Beyond the Limits Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future is the path-breaking sequel to The Limits to Growth, the international best-seller which sold 9 million copies in 29 languages when it was published 20 years ago. At that time the authors concluded that if the present trends of growth continued unchanged, t...
Book
The Dartmouth System Dynamics Group identifies a long-term transition energy strategy that focuses on complex interrelationships, response delays, nonlinearities, and the system's feedback loop structure. Short-term policy issues include: reducing demand growth, developing synthetic fuels from coal, deregulation of oil and gas, SO2 legislation, uti...
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A recently reported typographical error in our global computer simulation model did exist, but had only a small quantitative effect on the published results. The error was not responsible for the pollution crisis mode; its removal does not stabilise the model system and the conclusions are unaffected by the numerical change.
Chapter
The science of ecology has suddenly been brought into the arena of political debate. As a result, most ecologists are confronted with an embarassing quandary. As scientists they realize the imperfections in their knowledge of ecological systems, and they are understandably reluctant to make pronouncements about environmental policy until complete e...
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The vast majority of the decisions made in our global society are responses to problems in which cause and effect are closely related in time and in space. When a problem becomes important, its source is usually obvious, and any appropriate response usually becomes effective in time to eliminate the difficulty. For this class of phenomena it is sat...
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The basic energy problem facing the U.S. and other industrialized nations is not to secure independence from foreign energy suppliers, but instead to negotiate an orderly transition from primary reliance on fossil oil and gas resources to predominant use of energy sources not tied to finite fuel reserves. This report describes the major energy prob...
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Written by the authors of The Limits to Growth, the book reinvigorates the argument that continued population growth and consumption might outstrip the Earth's natural capacities. The authors use updated figures and information to restate the orginal case presended 20 years ago. It is not hostile to technolgical solutions, but it does argue that te...

Citations

... Technological progress is an vital factor affecting the contradiction between economic growth and the destruction of natural ecological environment (Welsch and Ochsen, 2005;Fisher-Vanden et al., 2006;Sanstad et al., 2006;He and Wang, 2015;Chen et al., 2019;Cansino et al., 2019;Li et al., 2019;Yi et al., 2020;Wang L. et al., 2022). Meadows et al. (2013) suggests in the "limits to growth" that technological progress plays an important role in the coordinated development of economic growth and natural environment. Environmental regulation is the behavior of human beings to reduce the damage to the ecological environment in economic production activities, and it can also be regarded as the work of human beings against entropy generation in the relatively isolated Earth ecosystem. ...
... The concept of green economic growth derives from the consideration of the relationship between social-economic development and the ecological environment, for which corresponding terms include ''sustainable development," ''green economy," ''green growth," and ''low carbon economy" (Khoshnava et al., 2020;Khan et al., 2021). The research on green economic growth theory can be traced back to The Limits to Growth by Meadows et al. (1972), which first mentioned the terms ''sustained growth" and ''balanced development." The book also posited the belief that if human beings do not restrict the economic growth rate, resource depletion and ecological environment destruction are imminent, eventually leading to the collapse of human society. ...
... As pointed out for decades, if not centuries, an excessive use of natural resources is incompatible with sustainable development (e.g. Malthus, 1798;Meadows et al., 1972). More recently the issue of the overuse of resources has been picked up by mainstream media (e.g. ...
... In theory, it means that if a company offers the best service in terms of every possible applicable attribute, the market will increase its demand beyond all capacities and eventually turn into a less attractive option on the market. This concept is a variation of the "limits to growth" archetype (Meadows et al. 1992), while "limits to growth" concentrates on limits regarding capacity from a more general perspective, the relative attractiveness concentrates on capacity levels of specific aspects and their dynamics over time. ...
... Introduction 1 À partir des années 1990, l'avènement de la notion de développement durable et la remise en cause des indicateurs quantitatifs pour rendre compte du développement d'une communauté humaine, conduisent à une mise en débat de la notion de performance économique (Meadows et al., 1972 ;Sen, 1987 ;Daly, 1991 ;Maric, 1996). Par ailleurs, alors que le processus de mondialisation s'accentue, une partie relativement importante de la littérature traitant de la dynamique des activités économiques s'efforce de mettre en évidence le rôle des « avantages différenciatifs » localisés dans la compétitivité des régions ou des bassins d'activité, (Pecqueur, 2007) dépassant la vision centrée sur les dotations initiales. ...
... En 1972, serán Meadows D., Meadows D.L., Randers y Behrens, quienes utilicen por primer vez el término "desarrollo sostenible" en su sentido actual, detallando los problemas del crecimiento como el agotamiento de los recursos, polución (incluyendo concentración de dióxido de carbono), pérdida de tierra arable, y la declinación de la producción de comida, que derivarían en detener el progreso, pudiéndose alterar este proceso para establecer una condición de estabilidad ecológica y económica que sea sustentable [13]; y, en 1973, Daly, señala que una economía basada en el crecimiento sin fin de la producción física es imposible, y propone un crecimiento cualitativo controlado con mecanismos de mercado como altos precios, conservación, tecnología, sustitución, entre otros [14]. ...
... The first two attempts in the direction of building an evidence-informed approach to quality of life policy emerged in 1972. The first was the well-known Club of Rome's report, The Limits to Growth (Meadows et al., 1972), which is often cited as a cornerstone document in the field of ecology and sustainability, but also represents a starting point for the QoL movement (Giovannini, 2018) given the ecological and holistic conception of wellbeing adopted by the movement. The Limits to Growth report consisted of the first ever computer-assisted forecasting and modelling of human development dynamics and trajectories. ...
... System dynamics (SD) was developed initially by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and the MIT System Dynamics Group in the 1960s. Among the well-known recent works on system dynamics models are the Urban Dynamics Model (Forrester, & Karnopp, 1969) and Word3 Model (Meadows, & Randers, 2009). Because system dynamics provide a clear, intuitive and dynamic reciprocal feedback between various factors in complex systems, it has been widely used in various urban planning areas such as the social economy, environmental management, transportation systems, urban energy management, sustainable development, and others. ...
... For this transition into a sustainable society, "it requires more than technology; it also requires maturity, compassion and wisdom." (Meadows et al. 1992) In order to work towards the development of a sustainable society, Environmental Education (EE) became a concern of numerous countries. This has lead to the first Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education in Tbilisi, Georgia, which concluded the follwing definition in 1977: "Environmental Education (EE) is a learning process that increases people's knowledge and awareness about the environment and its associated challenges, develops the necessary skills and expertise to address the challenges, and fosters attitudes, motivations, and commitments to make informed decisions and take responsible action" (UNESCO and UNEP 1977). ...
... As urbanisation progresses in a world of finite resources, the depletion of natural resources, over-cultivation of land, and forest loss have simultaneously been occurring to meet the growing demand for social well-being, infrastructure and construction (Hashimoto et al., 2012). Forest degradation, essential to the conservation of ecosystems, has been progressively endangering the Earth's biological life systems and environment (Geissdoerfer et al., 2017;Jackson, 2009;Meadows and Randers, 2004;Rockstrom et al., 2009). It directly contributes to environmental climate degradation, global warming, poor air quality and reduced air purification capacity. ...