"The tenuous balance between emergent self-organisation and disorganisation is the edge of chaos. We are witnessing an exponential but insidious emergent disorder in global climatic conditions, partially disguised, shrouded with uncertainty. Interacting atmospheric, built environment and human factors are exceedingly complex; one review of salient literature during 1993 alone covers 380 papers, with suggestive evidence of global warming. Policy-makers propose adopting the precautionary principle, Rio and Berlin signatories are committed to CO2 stabilisation and reduction, and environmental design for responsibility and sustain-ability is promoted at tertiary level. Yet "bottom line" fiscal arguments prevail; "best practice" is frequently a reliance on the goodwill of industrialists rather than to disadvantage them with carbon taxes, and generally we are threatened with economic chaos and rampant unemployment if economies stop growing. Just 50 years hence, when, in all likelihood, atmospheric CO2 concentrations and world population will have doubled, and consumption levels of urbanised developing countries approximate those of the developed world today, our children will inherit a world where disorganisation reigns: a supreme act of intergenerational inequity. Is there a glimmer of hope: a renewable energy revolution? Or is there embedded in this apparent panacea an ecological fallacy i.e. when energy is clean and abundant will we not consume ourselves into extinction? In all probability, only lifestyle change (in the context of in-built eco-design) could have the necessary impact on otherwise unavoidable climatic chaos."