What Humans Have Done

Some of you may have seen this, but consider the “other” side of this story that the video fails to mention.

The title is “What would happen if humans disappeared“, but it should have been “What humans have done.”

The video is highly inaccurate with regards to the Earth recovering from our pollution. It would only be true in a perfectly re-balanced world (where the energy imbalance does not exist) – which will not happen for hundreds of thousands of years.[...] Read More

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Population Growth – How it Exploded Around the World

Spotted this over on Desdemona Despair: Population Growth – How the World Went 170 Million to 7.3 Billion

  • The map begins at 1:18, showing human population a little more than 2,000 years ago, with each yellow dot representing 1 million people in an area. At this point, there are 170 million people on Earth.
  • At 3:20, the Mongol invasion of China begins in the early 13th century, killing huge segments of the population. The Mongol conquests are still considered one of the deadliest wars in history, killing tens of millions of people at a time when the world population was much smaller — around 360 million.
  • At 3:30, in the 14th century, the Black Death spreads around the world, killing more than 20 million people in Europe — nearly one-third of the continent’s population — and 75 million around the world, when the global population was about 380 million.
  • At 4:20, the world population explodes thanks to the Industrial Revolution and modern medicine. From 1800 to 2015, the global population grew from about 910 million to more than 7.3 billion.
  • After 4:40, you can begin to see how the world population will expand in the future — to nearly 9.6 billion.

You can move the video slider forward to the present day. Really scary when you consider what this means in the near-term future, only a few years away.

There is a fully interactive map at WorldPopulationHistory.org.

I can’t see how this will happen. We’re absolutely running out of everything essential to live. We literally all now living on the dregs of what little remains.[...] Read More

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What To Do In A Failing Civilization

FROM http://www.geocities.com/davidmdelaney/what-to-do-in-a-failing-civilization.html

What to do in a failing civilization

Copyright  2005 David M. Delaney

Can global civilization adapt successfully to degradation of the biosphere and depletion of fossil fuels? I argue that it cannot. Important elements of all constituent societies would have to be reformed. Reform would have to be radical and would be uncertain of success. It could be undertaken only in the presence of incontrovertible necessity?a necessity that will reveal itself incontrovertibly only when catastrophic collapse has become unavoidable. I conclude that those who seek to preserve civilization should plan for its survival in restricted regions.[...] Read More

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