If you don’t subscribe to Richard Heinberg’s , allow me to recommend it to you. It deals in peak oil, climate change, economics, and culture, and is always fascinating.
A quote from sums up much of what we’re about at Make Wealth History:
At its core, the dilemma is this: We humans have overshot Earth’s carrying capacity through overpopulation and over-consumption, and have created all sorts of other problems in doing so (such as climate change). But nature will take care of all these difficulties. Overpopulation will eventually be solved by starvation and disease. Over-consumption will be reined in by resource depletion and scarcity. Climate change will take longer to fix, maybe thousands or millions of years — assuming we don’t turn Earth into Venus.
But nature’s ways of solving our problems are not going to be pleasant. And so the enormous, overriding question confronting our species during the remainder of this century will be, Are we humans capable of getting out ahead of nature’s checks so as to proactively rein in our population and consumption in ways we can live with?
That, I would agree, is the fundamental question. The changes we face are inevitable. The only thing I would add is that our current globalized, individualistic, competitive culture is no way to live, and a slower, saner world would also be a fairer and happier one.
- In the latest edition, Richard also points out that use of fossil fuels, and thus carbon emissions, have fallen 3.5% in the last year in the US, China and the UK. And more bicycles have been sold than cars in the US so far this year… .