“Prof Smil’s conclusion is that while dematerialisation in the sense of reduced material use for every dollar of gross domestic product has been a trend for decades and can continue into the future, an absolute reduction in the world’s use of natural resources is highly unlikely. If growth continues, at some point those resources will run low.”
Good article by FT’s Ed Crooks on Vaclav Smil. I do not like to title as Gates does not seem to understand Smil well enough when he talks about material limits to growth.
See on Scoop.it – The Great Transition