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Jorgen Randers – 2052

2052
From Amazon.com: Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth study addressed the grand question of how humans would adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth. It predicted that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoing growth in the human ecological footprint would stop-either through catastrophic “overshoot and collapse”-or through well-managed “peak and decline.”

So, where are we now? And what does our future look like? In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers, one of the co-authors of Limits to Growth, issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next forty years. To do this, he asked dozens of experts to weigh in with their best predictions on how our economies, energy supplies, natural resources, climate, food, fisheries, militaries, political divisions, cities, psyches, and more will take shape in the coming decades. He then synthesized those scenarios into a global forecast of life as we will most likely know it in the years ahead.

The good news: we will see impressive advances in resource efficiency, and an increasing focus on human well-being rather than on per capita income growth. But this change might not come as we expect. Future growth in population and GDP, for instance, will be constrained in surprising ways-by rapid fertility decline as result of increased urbanization, productivity decline as a result of social unrest, and continuing poverty among the poorest 2 billion world citizens. Runaway global warming, too, is likely.

So, how do we prepare for the years ahead? With heart, fact, and wisdom, Randers guides us along a realistic path into the future and discusses what readers can do to ensure a better life for themselves and their children during the increasing turmoil of the next forty years.

[amazon.com]
[wikipedia.org]

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Yossie Hollander on Ending Our Oil Addiction

Youtube text: published July 5, 2012 – In his TEDxChapmanU talk, Yossie enlightens the audience about the value of the world’s oil reserves, the impact of our oil addiction, and the ways we can develop cleaner and less expensive American-made fuels.

[wsj.com]

IEAs Fatih Birol on Consequences of High Oil Prices

Youtube text: The IEAs Fatih Birol discussing the implications of high oil prices. 18 Febuary 2013.

Birol does not expect major supply crisis this year, but is bothered though about high oil prices, 118$/barrel, first of all for Europe. Total oil & gas bill will hit 500 billion euro, 200 billion euro higher than historical average and 1/3 of the European stability funds.

Chris Martenson at the Ecotech Institute

Youtube text: Chris Martenson explaining the implications of peak oil in a very articulate way. good interview Febuary 19 2013.

Michael Ruppert Interview

Youtube text: Michael Ruppert let’s fly with both barrels as he speaks on Peak Oil, who the media are serving, and the truth behind Pat Tilman and Christopher Dorner. Ruppert’s candor is so strong that it is clear to see why he has been persecuted for his journalism, and he also shows why he is resilient enough to keep on speaking his truth.

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Chris Skrebowski

[wikipedia.org]
[peakoilconsulting.com]
[resilience.org]
[theoildrum.com]

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Ugo Bardi On Modelling Depletion

Youtube text: Modeling depletion – from Hubbert to System Dynamics. Ugo Bardi. Professor at the University of Florence, President of ASPO-Italy. Peak Oil: real or fiction, May 2011, Barbastro, Spain.

[PDF presentation]
[energybulletin.net]

Energy and the Delusion of Endless Growth

Interview with Richard Heinberg. Youtube text: author and Fellow of Post Carbon Institute interview with Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock on big new book about impacts of our endless need for energy.

Connie Hedegaard

Youtube text: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission since 10 February 2010, interviewed by CleanTechnica Director Zachary Shahan at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the 6th Annual World Future Energy Summit, the 5th International Renewable Energy Conference, and the 1st International Water Summit in the UAE.

Connie Hedegaard is a Danish conservative politician and European Commissioner for Climate Action since 10 February 2010. She was Danish Minister for Climate and Energy from 23 November 2007. It is her ambition that by the end of her five-year term, Europe will be the most climate friendly region in the world. She is a believer in sustainable economic growth. Since 2007, Connie Hedegaard has been behind Denmark’s energy policies, which made her country the first in the world to commit to an overall energy reduction, not just a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

[wikipedia]
[ec.europa.eu]

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