An unprecedented global "supersociety" may be emerging -- in spite of resource depletion, pollution and conflict that seem to be driving us to dystopia.
This surprisingly positive prospect is the fruition of key developments that are now germinating and sending out their first tentative shoots. They all engage a vastly underutilized resource: the best that is in people.
The Great Dying happened 252 million years ago. This mass extinction event at the end of the Permian wiped out 90% of life on Earth. What caused it?
There are lots of theories.
While traveling south to Florida this year, my wife and I reached Southern Kentucky where highway signs told us we were entering a fog zone that extended all the way into Northern Tennessee. This was no ordinary fog. It was pulp and paper fog, produced by the many mills that dot the mountainous and forested areas of these states.
Using the ocean as a dumping ground is no April Fool's joke. If we didn't realize it before just by walking on a beach and seeing all that washes up on shore, then the search for missing Flight 370 is sure telling us that we are making quite a mess in our world's oceans. See all those white objects in the satellite images below. That is human trash floating in the southern Indian Ocean, far away from the typical sea lanes where ships travel.
Within a few short years we could see an energy explosion that changes everything. It promises to come years to decades sooner than conventional (hot) nuclear fusion. And it could be a lot cheaper, more scalable, and more transformative.
(But keep it to yourself. Most media people are.)
One in every five adult deaths in Bangladesh is attributed to arsenic poisoning. That's because naturally-occurring arsenic is in the country's water supply as it also is in the province of West Bengal in India. The arsenic levels can exceed 1,000 parts per billion in some cases. That's 100 times the maximum safety limit set by the World Health Organization.
March 30, 2014 - The engineers and scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) always come up with some interesting ideas.
The 2014 State of the Future represents a distillation of current thoughts. What are they?
March 21, 2014 - I received an e-mail this morning from Melissa Andreychek, Communications Coordinator, The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, which contained the following information release pertaining to my recent posting about a NASA doomsday scenario. Here is the content which she provided me through a link:
March 16, 2014 - I have written several blog postings about China's enormous problem with urban smog. It is so bad at times that the government has been forced to declare war on polluters and pollution.
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