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The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth's future

Autore: Paul Sabin
Editore: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Edizione/Formato:   book_printbook : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"In 1980, the iconoclastic economist Julian Simon challenged celebrity biologist Paul Ehrlich to a bet. Their wager on the future prices of five metals captured the public's imagination as a test of coming prosperity or doom. Ehrlich, author of the landmark book The Population Bomb, predicted that rising populations would cause overconsumption, resource scarcity, and famine-with apocalyptic consequences for
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Persona incaricata: Paul R Ehrlich; Julian Lincoln Simon; Paul R Ehrlich; Julian Lincoln Simon; Paul R Ehrlich; Julian Lincoln Simon; Paul Ralph Ehrlich; Julian Lincoln Simon
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Paul Sabin
ISBN: 9780300176483 0300176481 0300198973 9780300198973
Numero OCLC: 830089542
Descrizione: xv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contenuti: Biologist to the rescue --
Dreams and fears of growth --
Listening to Cassandra --
The triumph of optimism --
Polarizing politics --
Betting the future of the planet.
Responsabilità: Paul Sabin.

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