Visualizing Peak Population (jdargis)
Human carrying capacity is very complex and takes into account many factors, including nutrients, fresh water, environmental conditions, space, technology, medical care, and sanitation. The carrying capacity for humans is not static, and can be changed by adding or subtracting resources from the ecosystem.
The Great Depression was not the country’s first depression, though it proved to be the longest. The common thread woven through the several earlier debacles was disastrous manipulation of the money supply by government. For various reasons, government policies were adopted that ballooned the quantity of money and credit. A boom resulted, followed later by a painful day of reckoning. None of America’s depressions prior to 1929, however, lasted more than four years and most of them were over in two. The Great Depression lasted for a dozen years because the government compounded its monetary errors with a series of harmful interventions.
In October 2013, it was revealed that the United States had been spying on German government leaders, in particular Chancellor Angela Merkel. While many officials have expressed outrage, other opposition politicians in parliament believe that the dust-up is manufactured, as the government implicitly or explicitly supports surveillance by Germany’s own BND, a longstanding NSA ally.
He also said that retailers had become better at integrating their brick-and-mortar stores with their online operations, offering the same deals on the web and in-store, for example, or giving customers the option of shopping online and picking up their purchases at a nearby store.
Although a part of me was optimistic, I have to say that I expected this outcome of the initiative, which was ridiculed in all newspapers and on TV by all political parties and the “independent” central bank among other interest groups. One could hardly read anything positive in the press about this initiative. The view in favor of this initiative was not represented in the media. One could even argue it was suppressed in all public debates. Guido Hülsmann, Professor of economics at the University of Angers in France, put it in the following words…
India’s Climate Change Opportunity (jdargis)
For its own reasons, notably India’s poor oil and gas reserves, Modi’s government has already set ambitious targets for renewables, hoping to reach 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022, from around 3 gigawatts today — a commendably ambitious target. While that may be a stretch, the country is well-positioned to benefit from new energy storage and distribution technologies that can bypass the decrepit transmission grid. If Modi continues to eliminate subsidies as he’s promised, his government could also invest more in energy research and development, and reduce the country’s dependence on imported (mostly Chinese) green technology.
Mexico, the world’s 13th-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, has passed a stack of federal and state laws that regulate emissions, promote sustainable forest management and establish funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency. In 2012, it became one of the first countries in the world to pass a climate change law.
Three years into the drought, residents of this area are using more water than those in any other part of California. According to data released this month by state water officials, residents of the Santa Fe Irrigation District used an average of 584 gallons a day in September, nearly five times the average for coastal Southern California. The district encompasses Rancho Santa Fe, the wealthy gated community of Fairbanks Ranch and the more densely populated city of Solana Beach.
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