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Bill McKibben, Challenged: Is Zero Growth Really Necessary?

Society always sustained itself locally, until the industrial revolution, when an inexorable march began toward bigger, centralized economies. In Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben says relentless growth is now ruining the globe; maintenance of wealth and resources, instead of expansion, must be society's new driver, or it will perish. Here staff editor Mark Fischetti questions his assertions.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Your basic message is that humankind must give up growth as its modus operandi. Why can't we just grow more smartly?

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