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The growth of 250 years global transport in three minutes

The animated film charts the growth of humanity from the start of the Industrial Revolution to present day by mapping every land and water transportation route on earth.



10 Comments on "The growth of 250 years global transport in three minutes"

  1. Rick on Thu, 26th Apr 2012 11:24 pm 

    Sorry, the only solution is to reduce the global population. I don’t see that happening, until nature does it for us. And like it or not it will. Planet Earth should be around 2 billion tops!

    FYI — I never had kids.

  2. BillT on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 1:01 am 

    Rick, I think that even 2 billion will be too many with what will be left of resources. And yes, nature is going to take care of our demise, just like any other organism that exceeds it resources. A combination of famine, disease, and wars. We have already started the process.

  3. Kenz300 on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 2:43 am 

    Population and resources need to be in balance. Endless population growth is not sustainable and only leads to more poverty, suffering and despair.

  4. Name on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 7:09 am 

    Don’t worry, natural systems always tend to equilibrium, so population and resources will be in balance… one way or the other!

  5. Arthur on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 8:11 am 

    At the dawn of the age of fossil fuels the world could carry 1 billion people. That is the likely figure humanity will fall back on after the planet has been depleted, assuming no additional global catastrophe, like a nuclear war, will happen. Or if Fukushima will completely run out of hand.

  6. Arthur on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 8:14 am 

    On the plus side: humanity had a vast body of technology that could help in setting up an alternative energy base. On the minus side, planet earth will be a wasteland by 2100.

  7. BillT on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 9:15 am 

    Has anyone here considered what will be left of ‘resources’ in another 20-30 years?

    There is already no real farm land left. Certainly not the fertile soils of 250 years ago. Or the crops that had been acclimated to the areas they were grown in.

    Water? Most is so polluted life expectancy will drop by decades, not to mention that there will not be any aquifers left to tap like they had then.

    Easy to get coal? Nope. We are moving mountains to get low grade coal today. Nothing will be left in 30 years that can be mined by hand like 250 years ago.

    Wildlife to hunt? Nope. What is left would not last a season.

    Disease? Plenty. The warmer climates will mean tropical disease far north of historic areas.

    There will not be enough energy to replace the machines that make ‘renewables’ possible today.

    Decaying cities? Plenty, but useful for scavenging and not much else. No way to recast new aluminum or steel.

    This is just a few of the reasons we will not even go back to the possibilities of 250 years ago.

  8. Anvil on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 10:55 am 

    So many lies within this video.

  9. Charlie Bucket on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 12:54 pm 

    My company is trying to get me to buy their stock saying “in 20 years you will be rich!” I am going to respectfully decline staying short of telling them the real reason getting “rich” off a stock pyramid scheme will not happen. The end of growth is neigh and that includes fake wealth in the stock market. I would rather buy a wood stove for my house.

  10. JohnRM on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 8:30 pm 

    If global human population is thought of like any economic bubble, then you should probably expect it to return to 500-600 million.

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