Lately it seems pretty easy for me to convince myself that we have a global disaster on the horizon, as a result of population growth and climate change. The thought stream usually goes along the lines of:
The population is growing rapidly.
People consume energy.
We are getting more people, so we need more energy.
We are burning more carbon.
The climate effects of burning carbon probably have a delayed effect ( I don’t have a cite for this, this is just the thought stream in my head).
Climate change is a train that ain’t gonna stop any time soon.
We have decimated wildlife globally in recent decades at an unprecedented rate, and we are clearly in the midst of an anthropogenic mass extinction.
We are getting more droughts and this will get worse.
We are getting more floods and this will get worse.
The land that will become less productive for growing food, far exceeds the land that might become more productive, as a result of climate change.
We will have more mouths to feed and less land on which to grow food.
Food scarcity is going to become a much bigger problem globally.
Unrest in developing countries will increase and governments will become unstable.
Developing economies will suffer, and the suffering spreads to developed nations eventually, due to how interdependent the global economy is.
Mass migrations will be a common theme.
Generally bad times for everyone.
Like I said, this is a thought stream that I have sometimes. I am aware I don’t have a cite for any of it. I guess what I am looking for is a healthy debate on the merits of such an outlook. There are plenty of people on this board who know a lot more about the world than I do, and no one in my life right know seems to have a convincing countering opinion. But that doesn’t mean that such an opinion doesn’t exist, and the best place I know to find one is right here!
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