Tag Archives: population

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    Off The Cuff: Our Ecological Footprint Is Badly In ‘Overshoot’

    And the consequences will hit hard in our own lifetime
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:16 PM


    In this week’s Off The Cuff I sit down with William Rees to discuss:

    • Bill’s coining of the ‘ecological footprint’ concept
    • Why he thinks humans have reach a ‘plague stage’ on the planet
    • Why our leaders are unwilling to admit to the two problems that matter most
    • Bill’s outlook for humanity’s future

    We dive deep into the Environment/Ecology “E” of the Three E’s in this week’s Off The Cuff.

    Highly-esteemed bio-ecologist and ecological economist William Rees returns to the program to reinforce his warning that the human population is badly in ecological overshoot. If we do not find a way to reduce our taxation of the planet’s resources, the consequences will be devastating.

    And sadly, he notes that those “leaders” making policy decisions avoid addressing the issues that pose the greatest threat, because they are politically “sensitive”. Because of this, Bill considers most of the current multi-national agreements focused on dealing with issues of pollution, climate change, species loss, etc are misdirected attempts that aren’t addressing the core problems in the manner or scope needed.

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    A Perfectly Sustainable World Is Within Our Grasp

    No technological breakthroughs needed
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, June 19, 2020, 8:15 PM


    Before you read this article, if you haven’t yet, please take our new survey. With national lockdowns easing and creating concerns for a surge in new covid-19 cases, and tens of millions (in the US alone) finding themselves out of work, we’re being asked by the world for an update on how households and businesses…

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  • Podcast

    Dennis Meadows: The Limits To Growth

    Revisiting one of the most seminal studies of our era
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5:23 PM


    Fifty years ago, an international team of researchers was commissioned by the Club of Rome to build a computer simulation of exponential economic and population growth on a finite planet.

    In 1971, its findings were first released in Moscow and Rio de Janeiro, and later published in 1972 under the title The Limits To Growth. The report concluded society would start experiencing serious declines in resources and population soon after 2030.

    One of the original seventeen researchers involved in The Limits To Growth study, Dennis Meadows, joins us for the podcast this week. Fifty years later, what does he foresee ahead?

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  • Blog

    These Are The ‘Good Old Days’

    At tipping points like now, the steps we take in the present determine our future
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 31, 2019, 6:07 PM


    We happen to be alive at a time of peak abundance and technological miracles.  It’s never been easier or more comfortable to be a human.

    On nearly every dimension — longevity, dependable access to food, quality of shelter, personal safety, leisure time, intellectual pursuits, technological advancements — no previous generation of humans have enjoyed the excesses and luxuries that we currently do.

    What are you going to do with that good fortune while it lasts? Because it won’t for much longer.

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    You’re Likely A Lot Less Prepared For Crisis Than You Realize

    Lessons from the recent rash of natural disasters
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, September 22, 2017, 7:25 PM


    It seems as if Mother Nature is waking up. Either she's trying to send humans an important warning, or perhaps she's just out to kill us all.

    Massive storms across the globe, earthquakes, and collapsing ecosystems all combine to remind us that we are indeed intimately connected to our planet's natural systems. And that our well-being rests on staying on Mother Nature's good side.

    Well, Mother Nature has seemed pretty pissed at us of late. Her recent punishments should be taken as a disciplinary wake-up call.

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    As We Enter 2017, Keep The Big Picture In Mind

    The new era of adjustment has only just begun
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, December 31, 2016, 5:31 AM


    As bluntly as I can say it: Anybody who found the level of disruptions on 2016 overwhelming is going to have a hard time navigating the future. The period of adjustment has only just begun.

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  • Podcast

    Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb

    The master predicament that remains unaddressed
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 2, 2015, 3:35 PM


    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.

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    Future Shock – Crash Course Chapter 25

    The unsustainable often ends abruptly
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, December 27, 2014, 3:24 AM


    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.

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    Energy Economics – Crash Course Chapter 19

    THE reason why growth will be more scarce in the future
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:45 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.

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    Demographics – Crash Course Chapter 15

    Age distribution is too lopsided to support entitlements
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:21 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. 

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