By Colin Mason
Has the longer term a destiny? Are we bringing heritage to an finish? looking at anyone of numerous person yet severe developments means that, with no quick and optimistic motion, historical past can have just a very brief approach to run. if it is the expansion of worldwide inhabitants, of greenhouse fuel concentrations and the accelerating expense of weather swap, the operating down of oil and traditional fuel reserves, growing to be shortages of unpolluted water for agriculture, and family use, or the expanding hassle in controlling epidemic illnesses � we face a mounting worldwide challenge that may top in below a iteration, round the yr 2030. Taken jointly, those tendencies element to a possibly apocalyptic interval, if no longer for the planet itself then definitely for human societies and for humankind. during this compelling e-book, and replace to The 2030 Spike, Colin Mason explains in transparent and irrefutable phrases what's going � mostly less than the outside 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 vast political adventure to explain how a lot we will do as participants, and mainly jointly, no longer only to dodge hindrance yet to engineer thoroughgoing swap which may herald really sustainable and worthwhile choices to the way in which we are living now.
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The original kilometre-high tower will now be somewhat smaller. It will produce power 24 hours a day. The glass ‘skirt’ around it will have a diameter of several kilometres. Although the height of these proposed towers will make them the world’s tallest buildings, their sponsors are confident the technology and materials are available to build them, and that they will be justified by low maintenance costs and a long operating life – as much as 100 years. New, simpler and high output technology is developing in solar thermal systems in which mirrors focus sunlight on pipes for steam electricity generation.
The year 2005 was the hottest, driest and stormiest on record in many places, setting a new record damage cost of more than $200 billion as a result of extreme weather. Hurricane Katrina in the US accounted for well over $100 billion of this. The previous record year for disaster damage was 2004. Paradoxically, a little ice age severely affecting western Europe, especially the UK, seems likely quite soon. Temperatures would drop as much as 8°C, London would be snowbound for many months, huge areas of cropland would no longer produce food.
At least half of the population of the world has never used a telephone. 4 All these statistics relate particularly to the great majority of the human race who live in the developing world, especially those living outside the cities. 2 billion by 2030, with almost all of this growth taking place in the developing nations. 5 Rapidly growing global population and its attendant problems remain a threat to the world for several reasons. In his final interview retiring president of the World Bank James Wolfensohn forecast a ‘tsunami’, a great wave of instability, threatening world peace and causing great suffering around the globe, if the problems of world poverty and equity were not urgently addressed.