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03 Apr 13 12:58

What keeps me awake at night regarding climate change is the potential effect on the world’s food supply. How on Earth (pardon the pun) will we feed a population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 in a world of record droughts, floods, storms, etc? Read more in this entry of the NYT's just closed Green blog:

Category: Food security: Farming, Climate/natural disasters: Floods/storms


Gavin Montgomery - 22 May 2013, 10:03 a.m.

Jared Diamond, a scientist and author who is currently Professor of Geography at UCLA, argues that agricultural production was the biggest mistake humans ever made.

He argues quite convincingly that hunter/gatherers were healthier, bigger, ate better, had more leisure time and were entirely better off than the farming societies that followed, but also had less incentive to breed and were thus squeezed out by their dietarily, physically, emotionally and intellectualy challenged, stick in the mud farmer peers. It's all a little academic at this stage but still interesting.

Gavin Montgomery - 16 Jun 2013, 1:53 p.m.

The UN is now predicting that, rather than tailing off at a little over 9 billion by 2050, the global population will rise to over 11 billion by 2100.
Apparently, most of that growth will come from Africa. I am not too sure how credible that projection is, especially when you consider that it contains an admission that the UN is not very good at predicting things, but it seems unlikely to me that our planet can sustain so many people, particularly when you consider the current state of our environment.

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