Peak Oil is You

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Mankind is on the brink..but I’m optimistic

…There are probably around 6.7billion of us now, peaking at around 9.2 billion in 2075, after which numbers will, according to the United Nations, begin to decline slowly.

This is all theory, and guesswork, of course. It’s a middle point between far higher figures and lower ones. All we know is that as people get richer, they tend to have fewer children, while people are living longer as they get better drugs, cleaner water and adequate food.

The effects of plagues, new wars and unpredicted famine are not included.

Whatever the true figure, almost all the biggest challenges in the world are directly connected to those astonishing projections of human growth. Nature is not mocked – and the symptoms of a dying world are there for all to see.

So we have the energy crisis as the world scrabbles for deposits of carbon; the disappearance of species as the rainforests are destroyed to grow food; the rise of Islamist militancy in parts of the world where the population of young men is growing far faster than jobs and resources; water wars; the coming pandemics. . . and of course, the lurches in temperature and wind speed as the planet hots up.

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