Pushing the Limits

Reading about sustainability concepts is less effective than experiencing them. ┬áHere’s an interactive learning lab you can use to build your understanding of some of the most important concepts related to a fossil fuel driven economy. Just click on the various features of the simulations below to get started.

By exploring this lab you will:

  1. Learn about the common calculation used to assess remaining finite fuel supplies
  2. Explore different assumptions that are left out of that calculation — assumptions that are likely more realistic
  3. Experience the implications of peak oil and diminishing returns on the ability to utilize remaining oil reserves


The embedded simulation is hosted on the Forio website, but it can be run here as well.

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