Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb

The master predicament that remains unaddressed
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:35 AM

In 1968, Paul Ehrlich released his ground-breaking book The Population Bomb, which awoke the national consciousness to the collision-course world population growth is on with our planet's finite resources. His work was reinforced several years later by the Limits To Growth report issued by the Club of Rome.

Fast-forward almost 50 years later, and Ehrlich's book reads more like a 'how to' manual. Nearly all the predictions it made are coming to pass, if they haven't already. » Read more


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Future Shock - Crash Course Chapter 25

The unsustainable often ends abruptly
Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:24 PM

Chapter 25 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

Here at the penultimate chapter of The Crash Course, everything we've learned comes together into a single narrow range of time we'll call the twenty-teens. 

What this chapter offers is a comprehensive view of how all of our problems are actually interrelated and need to be viewed as such, or solutions will continue to elude us. » Read more


Peak Prosperity

Energy Economics - Crash Course Chapter 19

THE reason why growth will be more scarce in the future
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:45 PM

The central point to this latest video is this: as we’ve shown in previous chapters of the Crash Course, our global economy depends on continual growth to function. And not just any kind of growth; but exponential growth.

But in order to grow, it must receive an ever-increasing input supply of affordable energy and resources from the natural world. What I’m about to show you is a preponderance of data that indicates those inputs will just not be there in the volumes needed to supply the growth that the world economy is counting on. » Read more


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Demographics - Crash Course Chapter 15

Age distribution is too lopsided to support entitlements
Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:21 PM

Our national demographic architecture no longer can afford the entitlement system we have. And that's even assuming entitlements were currently sufficiently funded. But as the last chapter showed, the existing programs are underfunded to the tune of $100-200 Trillion.  » Read more



Ready Or Not...

The unsustainable status quo is ending
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 3:00 PM

If risk has been taken from where it belongs and instead shuffled onto central bank balance sheets, or allowed to be hidden by new and accommodating accounting tricks, has it really disappeared? In my world, risk is like energy: it can neither be created nor destroyed, only transformed or transferred. 

If reality no longer has a place at the table -- such as when policy makers act as if the all-too-temporary shale oil bonanza is now a new permanent constant -- then the discussions happening around that table are only accidentally useful, if ever, and always delusional. » Read more



On Creating a World Worth Inheriting

Our current actions will define our future
Monday, July 14, 2014, 2:52 PM

We all know that the current paradigm is unsustainable over longer time frames. Here are a few of the ways in which we can express that concept more specifically: » Read more


Peak Prosperity

Exponential Growth: Crash Course Chapter 3

The most important driver of future trends
Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:18 AM

Chapter 3 of the Crash Course, Exponential Growth, is now publicly available: » Read more


This chapter of the new Crash Course series has not yet been made available to the public.

Each week over the rest of 2014, in sequential order, a new chapter will be made publicly available (we've currently published up to Chapter 21)


If you don't want to wait, you can:


This chapter of the new Crash Course series has not yet been made available to the public.

Each week over the rest of 2014, in sequential order, a new chapter will be made publicly available (we've currently published up to Chapter 2)

If you don't want to wait, you can:

Daily Prep

Reflections on Water

5 Shocking Facts About Water Scarcity
Monday, March 24, 2014, 2:52 PM

An article from the recently passed World Water Day that describes some very eye opening perspectives on the importance of clean fresh water to our survival and the conditions many many people face throughout the world.  And with population growth still on the rise and water scarcity ever increasing - it may be time to put a little more thought into your personal, local and global water supplies and how to protect them.