Garry Egger, Boyd Swinburn, Finding the Sweet Spot between Climate Change, Human Health, and Economic Growth, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2011, Pages 31-35 ( Abstract: There are “sweet spots” in life where circumstances come together to create seemingly ideal points in time. Some of these are ephemeral: the sweet strike of a golf club on a ball, for example; or the endorphin rush of a long run or an intense romance. Others occur on a larger scale: the height of an empire, like the Romans, Mayans, or Mongols; the end of World War II; or at the extreme, James Lovelock’s concept of Gaia, in which the planet responds to forces of disequilibrium by trying to pull itself back to an ecological sweet spot. Sweet spots are ethereal, with existential potential. They’re a time when things are just right; when all the ducks are in a row; when the stars are in alignment and the gods are smiling. But humans, perhaps understandably, tend to want to maximize these times, rather than content themselves with just optimizing them, which means that we often, like Cinderella, stay too long at the ball and overshoot the sweet spot. In a recent book,1 we … Topics: Climate Change; Economy; Health