Ted Nordhaus is wrong: we are exceeding Earth’s carrying capacity

Categories: Big picture
Published on: July 26, 2018

UnDark / Richard Heinberg / 26 July 2018

In his article, “The Earth’s Carrying Capacity for Human Life is Not Fixed,” Ted Nordhaus, co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute, a California-based energy and environment think tank, seeks to enlist readers in his optimistic vision of the future. It’s a future in which there are many more people on the planet and each enjoys a high standard of living, while environmental impacts are reduced. It’s a cheery vision.

If only it were plausible.