By Colin Mason
Has the longer term a destiny? Are we bringing background to an finish? staring at anybody of a number of person yet serious tendencies means that, with no quick and optimistic motion, historical past could have just a very brief strategy to run. if it is the expansion of worldwide inhabitants, of greenhouse fuel concentrations and the accelerating cost of weather switch, the operating down of oil and traditional fuel reserves, turning out to be shortages of unpolluted water for agriculture, and family use, or the expanding trouble in controlling epidemic ailments � we face a mounting worldwide concern that would top in under a new release, round the 12 months 2030. Taken jointly, those tendencies element to a almost certainly apocalyptic interval, if now not 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 skin 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 wide political adventure to explain how a lot we will do as members, and primarily jointly, no longer purely to stay clear of situation yet to engineer thoroughgoing switch which may herald certainly sustainable and necessary possible choices to the best way we are living now.
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The use of hydrogen as a fuel is one suggestion. The developing countries in the tropics that have deserts – among the poorest of the poor – could be economically transformed by new energy industries based on hydrogen. 14 Solar technologies, which are a permanently renewable energy source, have the potential to generate electricity to split water or ammonia. The resultant hydrogen could be carried by pipeline and existing tanker fleets to the metropolitan powers, which would benefit from greatly reduced urban air pollution, since the ‘exhaust’ from using hydrogen in fuel cells consists only of water.
10 Among the more elegant applications of postmodern appropriate technologies is a huge ‘seawater greenhouse’ on an arid island off Abu Dhabi. 11 Described as ‘a truly original idea which has the potential to impact on the lives of millions of people living in coastal water-starved areas around the world’,12 the seawater greenhouse will surely take its place in the new society. It serves as evidence that raising the poor from their misery and poverty by frugal and renewable means is feasible and affordable, and also as a reminder that any idea of influencing developing countries into becoming clones of the consumerist POPULATION AND POVERTY 41 West should be forgotten immediately.