Don't Peak, it's a Surprise
January 13, 2011 6:28 PM Subscribe
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The Nation recently interviewed public intellectuals including Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben (previously
), and Dmity Orlov (previously
) to produce a series of videos centered around Peak Oil and a Changing Climate
. The first video, online now
, combines all of the people interviewed while the videos yet to be released will be longer sections featuring them one at a time.
In related news, Grist.org
has a pair of articles warning of the dire state
of food insecurity
around the world. Contained within the articles are a free download
of author Lester Brown's newest book, World on Edge: When Will the Food Bubble Burst?
and a brief powerpoint
meant to explain the same concepts quickly. With the world's population expected to reach 7 billion and an end to growth hoped for around 10 Billion
how will we feed these extra mouths?
In 2009 NPR reported that the food production methods exported to India in the 1970s known as the "Green Revolution"
are emptying India's aquifers and will turn India's most productive farmland into a barren desert within "10 to 15 years."
The same method of over pumping aquifers is used all around the world
and has already led to Saudi Arabia switching from growing its own food to importing it
and will inevitably lead to peak water worldwide.
While anthropogenic climate change is clearly a serious problem for mankind in the 21st century - with many scientists, politicians, and journalists stopping just short of saying climate change is responsible for disasters such as Hurricane Katrina
, The European Heat Wave of 2006
, The Russian Heat Wave and Pakistani floods of 2010
- mankind's overindulgent use of fossil fuels and overpopulation could potentially lead to disaster on a much larger and immediate scale (for humans that is) for economic
reasons rather than climatological ones.