Doug Vining We can feed 9 billion people in 2050

The 9 billion people projected to inhabit the Earth by 2050 need not starve in order to preserve the environment, says a major report on sustainability out this week. (New Scientist)
Posted: 12 January 2011 at 16:50

Doug Vining A Ray of sunshine beats climate fears

I'm not overly concerned about climate change. Before you go off on the deep end, please note I'm very concerned about pollution, energy, and the environment. But climate change? Not so much. Especially when it's reduced to carbon dioxide and nothing else.

What I like most about Ray's thinking is an obvious point: When we have abundant, cheap energy (and we will, one day) then it becomes easy to tackle things like water. Saudi Arabia has been doing it for years. And food. And pollution. And conservation.

So here's to sunshine, and less fear. Change is inevitable, for climate and business, and everything else.
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Posted: 23 February 2011 at 18:24

Doug Vining The perfect storm

Are we headed for inevitable, irreversible global collapse? Although the attached article was published much earlier in the year, in March, it has recently been shared on Facebook as something to consider seriously.

I'm generally of the opinion that prophets of doom are usually wrong, and this study points to the increasing stratification of society into Elites and Masses as the root cause of the collapse of civilizations. Yet, in the smartphone age we see increasing power in the hands of individuals, away from autocracies and institutions. The ubering of whole industries is increasingly likely, and this alone, in my opinion, will help society avoid the 'perfect storm' of scarcity and deprivation.

What do you think? I'd love some comments!
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Posted: 27 October 2014 at 10:34
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