The New York Times reports that the trade-off to reduce global warming may be for world consumption to stop growing or even decrease consumption. How would this affect society? Are there other trade-offs?
Economic growth took off consistently around the world only some 200 years ago. Two things powered it: innovation and lots and lots of carbon-based energy, most of it derived from fossil fuels like coal and petroleum. Staring at climactic upheaval approaching down the decades, environmental advocates, scientists and even some political leaders have put the proposal on the table: World consumption must stop growing. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/business/economy/imagining-a-world-without-growth.html?_r=0