26 May '12, 11am

#peakoil Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed The Environmental Point Of No Return?

#peakoil Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed The Environmental Point Of No Return?

Randers’s ideas most closely resemble a World3 scenario in which energy efficiency and renewable energy stave off the worst effects of climate change until after 2050. For the coming few decades, Randers predicts, life on Earth will carry on more or less as before. Wealthy economies will continue to grow, albeit more slowly as investment will need to be diverted to deal with resource constraints and environmental problems, which thereby will leave less capital for creating goods for consumption. Food production will improve: increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will cause plants to grow faster, and warming will open up new areas such as Siberia to cultivation. Population will increase, albeit slowly, to a maximum of about eight billion near 2040. Eventually, however, floods and desertification will start reducing farmland and therefore the availability of grain. Desp...

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An Ancient Civilization, Upended by Climate Change

An Ancient Civilization, Upended by Climate Change

green.blogs.nytimes.com 29 May '12, 4pm

Peter Clift An arid mud flat in the Indus delta where geologists and archaeologists studied ancient climatic conditions. T...