- The earth is getting smaller. -
"The Limits to Growth" had the audacity to question the holy grail of growth. It threatened to halt business expansion and increasing profits. So everything was undertaken to discredit the book that said not much more than that resources will run out. Some predictions were a bit on the short side, which the authors acknowledged in their 1992 update.
But for humanity, having lived on Earth since at least 4000 generations or 100000 years, it does absolutely not matter whether the end of resources comes this or the next generation. Fact is that all resources are finite and that human production and pollution by far exceeds the Earth's carrying capacity.
This however, is of no interest to the learned people who manage our academia and multinationals and the opinionated anonymous scribblers of The Economist.
They have once heard of the Club of Rome and this is the end of ecological science for them. Back to business, that's where the money is. But beware. Today's Club of Rome is nothing more than a society of the famous and the wealthy, all believing that growth can go on forever. Only the name is similar to the 1970ies Club.
"Stop thinking, concrete will guide you" was a popular saying in those days. (Stoppt das Denken. Beton wird Euch lenken.)
Replace "concrete" by "money" and you have today's world.