Tag Archives: population

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    Ready Or Not…

    The unsustainable status quo is ending
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 PM

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    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.

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    On Creating a World Worth Inheriting

    Our current actions will define our future
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:52 PM

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    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:

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    Reflections on Water

    5 Shocking Facts About Water Scarcity
    by Jason

    Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:52 PM

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    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. 

    http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/its-world-water-day-5-shocking-facts-about-water-scarcity-will-make-you-cry-river.html

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  • Podcast

    Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

    And why they're so hard for us to address
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4:11 PM

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    As we embark on a new year, it's important to keep the really big elements of our global predicament squarely in mind. To that end, we're surfacing this excellent discussion on population growth that Chris recorded in 2012 with Bill Ryerson of the Population Institute.

    At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

    The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them)? What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it?

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    Growth is Obsolete

    Society needs to realize growth does not equal prosperity
    by JHK

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:19 AM

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    Despite the wishful thinking and happy-talk propaganda lighting up the media-space, we have arrived at the problematic point of the story: the end of cheap oil. The sad, stark fact is that oil is now too expensive to permit further expansion of economies and populations. 

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    The Really, Really Big Picture

    There isn't going to be enough net energy
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:54 AM

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    [Many longtime followers of the Crash Course have asked Chris to update his forecasts for Peak Oil in light of the production increases in shale oil and gas over recent years. What started out as a modest effort at clarification morphed into a much more massive 3-report treatise as Chris sifted through mountains of new data that ultimately left him more convinced than ever we are facing a global net energy crisis despite misguided media efforts intended to convince us otherwise. His reports are being released in series over the next several weeks; the first installment is below.]

    There has been a very strong and concerted public-relations effort to spin the recent shale energy plays of the U.S. as complete game-changers for the world energy outlook.  These efforts do not square up well with the data and are creating a vast misperception about the current risks and future opportunities among the general populace and energy organizations alike.  The world remains quite hopelessly addicted to petroleum, and the future will be shaped by scarcity – not abundance, as some have claimed.

    This series of reports will assemble the relevant data into a simple and easy-to-understand story that has the appropriate context to provide a meaningful place to begin a conversation and make decisions.

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  • Podcast

    Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

    And why they're so hard for us to address
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7:55 PM

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    At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

    The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them?) What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it?

    Population management is an inflammatory issue. It's nearly impossible to discuss without triggering heated emotions, and rare is the leader who's willing to raise it. And by going unaddressed globally, the risk of problems created by overpopluation grow unchecked. War, poverty, starvation, disease, inequality…the list goes on.

    Which is why we feel we need to have the courage to address this very important topic directly. And to have an adult-sized conversation about these risks and what can done about them.

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