There’s a book I read some time ago and found it extremly interesting. It’s called Limits to Growth published by the Club of Rome. The book is the latest update to Beyond the Limits.
What the authors did in this book is, they created a mathematical model/representation of the world (focusing on special features like material flow, agriculture, population size) called World3. Based on that model they ran several scenarios with different assumptions, e.g. that sustainable technology will dramatically improve in the future. But the bottom line stays the same (in most scenarios except for a very few): In a world with limited resources, there can’t be unlimited growth. The hard numbers are not usefull (as it’s not possible to build a model that precise), but the trends shown of the system we call society and our planet are extremely interesseting and well argumented.
I strongly endorse this book to anyone interessted in sustainability, system analysis and wants to have a scientific base for argumenting against wild and uncontrolled growth. If you do totaly disagree with the ideas of the last scentence you propably should give this book a try, too.