One of the most influential books on the subject of resource efficiency in the 20th Century was The Limits to Growth [ meadows1972limits ] by Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III. Commissioned in 1972 by the Club of Rome, an influential think-tank, the study used computer systems – an innovation at the time – to model the interaction of population, pollution, capital investment, agriculture and natural resources. Each of these drivers had positive and negative feedbacks with each other – e.g. as agriculture improved so did food per capita which boosted population, at the same time as population increased so too did pollution and natural resource consumption, while a decline in resources decreased industrial output.
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Here are some of my favourite energy and resource efficiency sites (mouse over the names for more details).Resources:
- Bizee Degree Days
- Europe's Energy Portal
- Efficiency policies and measures
- IEA CO2 Emissions Data
- Carbon Trust - guides
- WRAP and Envirowise
- UK Association for the Conservation of Energy
- Institute for Building Efficiency
- The Keeling Curve - CO2 level
- DECC My2050
- Energy pathfinder
- Only Eleven Percent
- Smart Energy Efficiency
- The Cokatoo Chronicles
- Alan's Energy Blog
- The Bustard
- The Energy Collective
- House 2.0