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On Ecocycles and circular economy

Editorial letter
Authors Sándor Némethy
T. Kőmíves
Published in Ecocycles, the official online journal of European Ecocycles Society. 2:1
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 44-46
ISSN 2416-2140
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Conservation
Pages 44-46
Language en
Keywords ecocycles, circular economy, source reduction, waste management, Persistent Organic Polutants, sustainable landscape management
Subject categories Social and Economic Geography, Other Natural Sciences


Using ground-breaking modelling of scenarios based on data on population, environmental pollution, and resource use the book “Limits to Growth”, published 44 years ago (Meadows et al., 1972), projected the collapse of our civilization at about the middle of the 21st century. Although the book divided economic thinkers of the day (and has been heavily criticized by some), its conclusions turned out to be surprisingly solid (Turner, 2014). Indeed, the well-being of society has been long tied to the availability of inexpensive resources – water, carbon, nitrogen, and many other elements – that are essential to sustain life. Concentra¬tions of these elements in the ground, water, air, and in living organisms are determined by various self-regulating processes called ecological cycles. Today’s “Eco Cycle” strategy is centered on these processes and its goals are 1) to make these cycles free from toxic materials and 2) to create a resource-efficient society by reducing the ecological footprint in an economically sustainable way. Long-term health and productivity of the ecosystem can be assured by science-based management decisions based on the understanding how local cycles fit into global ones. Ecological cycles provide viable models for our modern society in many ways. The European Ecocycles Society has been founded by scientist investigating these cycles and its journal ECOCYCLES has been created to publish their findings.

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