Economic growth, climate and environment

November 2020

The most important climate discussion that we forgot, remembered, forgot again and remembered the spring of 2020.

Since the 1970s, we have been warned against the climate and environmental consequences of economic growth. Based on key principles in physics and ecology, researchers have argued that there is a limit to growth. But whenever the discussion about growth has come up, we have found arguments to dismiss it.

In this lecture, Torbjørn Selseng, researcher at Western Norway Research Institute, talks about what he finds most interesting and most frustrating: Why does a growing number of researchers think that economic growth cannot be combined with solving the climate and environmental problems? And what does this have to do with Covid-19?