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By Colin Mason

Has the longer term a destiny? Are we bringing heritage to an finish? watching anyone of a number of person yet serious developments means that, with no swift and optimistic motion, background could have just a very brief approach to run. if it is the expansion of global inhabitants, of greenhouse gasoline concentrations and the accelerating cost of weather switch, the working down of oil and usual fuel reserves, growing to be shortages of clean water for agriculture, and household use, or the expanding hassle in controlling epidemic ailments � we face a mounting international problem that would height in below a new release, round the 12 months 2030. Taken jointly, those tendencies element to a possibly apocalyptic interval, if no longer for the planet itself then definitely for human societies and for humankind. during this compelling booklet, and replace to The 2030 Spike, Colin Mason explains in transparent and irrefutable phrases what's going � principally under the outside of our day-by-day or weekly information announcements. the image he paints is stark, and but it isn't bleak. Being forewarned, we're forearmed, and he attracts on his personal broad political adventure to explain how a lot we will do as participants, and in particular jointly, no longer only to avoid hindrance yet to engineer thoroughgoing swap which may herald really sustainable and useful choices to the best way we are living now.

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On balance, a disturbing bill of consequences, even more so in view of global warming’s likely influence in combination with the 48 IS THERE A CRISIS? other 2030 drivers. Will it really happen? Can it be avoided? The answer to the first question is probably yes, and to the second, probably no. Refusal by the US and Australia to sign the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change and the massive and increasing use of coal-fired power stations in China and India make continued high rates of carbon dioxide emissions almost inevitable.

That estimate alone indicates how different the new society must be if it is to be truly global. OPTIMAL FUTURE HISTORY • • • • The developing nations need to have money put into them, not taken out. This demands immediate cancellation of debts which are longstanding and plainly oppressive – this would mean most developing-world debt and large infusions of money as grants , not loans. Mass production methods developed to provide new appropriate technology, and experts appointed to explain its use.

Demand is met by only 10 per cent of Iceland’s hydroelectric potential, hence there is abundant surplus power available. 17 It has been known for 160 years that reconstituting oxygen and hydrogen to water in a cell with a platinum catalyst will produce electricity. Fuel cells have long been 22 IS THERE A CRISIS? used in specialist ways where cost is not a prime consideration, for example, in spacecraft. However, one obstacle to their widespread use is the cost of the cells, mainly due to the use of platinum, a rare and costly metal.

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