Over at Kurzweilai.net, in Part One of a two part article originally posted at Scientific American,runs through all the dire warnings that the doom cults have been wringing their hands over since the spectacularly failed prognosticator Thomas Malthus. Everything from runaway pollution, catastrophic global warming, the "population bomb"… he touches on all of them.
After reading part one, follow the link to the second part of the article where he explains why they never came to pass and why it reasonable to expect they never will. While he still gives too much credence to the crystal ball readings of utter catastrophy resulting from a minor uptick in CO2, he is still confident that expected growth in the economy and technology will be able to lower our emission of plant food and stay below the computer model constructed sky-will-fall limit of 450 ppm.
I just popped over to Amazon.ca and bought the Kindle version of Ramez's book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet… even though I might have to take exception to his titular limiting of us to "a Finite Planet" when we will be adding the inner solar system to our basket of goods within the next few decades.
The Limits of the Earth — Part 1: Problems | KurzweilAI
(Credit: NASA) This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and
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