World Climate is a self regulating environment that now has big problems.
It will always be difficult to control emissions and enforce savings without government laws. The problem is that many world leaders are too close to the industry leaders and are subject to relentless lobbying to make it easier for companies to maximize their investment and often hide patients that would benefit the world, because it would effect those investments. Let’s hope the world can agree in December a new Climate Protocol? As everybody knows, the world could not agree to save future generations from the changes we have already made, These permanent changes are already happening.
What are the world leaders and you going to do?
I believe the world is a self-regulating programmed environment that adjusts to normal changes. This is called the Gaia Theory. The process is often over a long time, millions of years. But if a threat to its core program is made then the reaction can swift and violent. In a normal environment this would mean eliminating the source of the problem, which means humans.
So expect Mother Nature to continue reacting to the damage we are all doing to the environment until major changes are inevitable. Please visit my Environment pages for more information and links.
Is 500 Million is maximum number of people the world can really support?
How long? Who knows? What is likely that unless we change our wasteful way of living, control pollution, create products which last a lot longer the next generation and their children will inherit a world that is going out of control.
Limiting population, and encouraging better use of existing resources may help.
If somebody made the statement, The worlds population will be 500 million in 100 years, apart from ridicule what would happen. Nothing because it is always other people’s problem.
Emigrate, maybe if we can create a large cheap space transportation system:
Over many years I read lots of SF books, and the world was always going to fail as the number of people increased and the raw materials started to run out. These authors could see it 40-50 years ago, why not the politicians?
Just take steel, if you continue to process the same material over hundreds of years the quality will reduce. The world has finite resources and unless we start to do something now, maybe there will be no world for our grandchildren to inherit. Could the world mount a mass transportation of people away from a dying, flooded world? Maybe that will have to happen if changes are not made NOW. Anyway that’s my view, hope you will have your say as well.