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Scientific American Grapples with Ecological Limits
The concept of ecological limits increasingly permeates the dialogue in the scientific community. In a special issue of Scientific American, "Crossroads for Planet Earth," a remarkable group of scientists were brought together to report on the challenges facing humanity, and to propose an action plan for securing our future. In the words of George Musser, who wrote the introduction to the issue: "The next 50 years will be decisive in determining whether the human race--now entering a unique period in its history--can ensure the best possible future for itself."

The concept of ecological limits was central to Herman Daly's piece, "Economics in a Full World," which asserted that "Society can no longer safely pretend the global economy operates within a limitless ecosystem. Planners must think afresh about how to increase prosperity." Scientific American and Earth Institute at Columbia University are bringing together the authors of the special issue for a one day conference on Thursday, October 20th in New York City.