Is this an unrealistic timescale?

  oresome 15:25 08 Oct 2018

The UN says that we have only 12 years remaining to avoid a climate change catastrophe.

The economic model of the developed world is based on producing and consuming ever more resources supported by increased consumer wealth and a growing global population.

It will be a brave politician who puts a brake on growth.

  LastChip 16:21 08 Oct 2018

It may or may not be true. But nothing much will happen in 12 years - they'll all still be talking about it!

The problem is, it's a worldwide issue and getting a worldwide agreement (and sticking to it) is neigh on impossible.

  Quickbeam 17:29 08 Oct 2018

''It will be a brave politician who puts a brake on growth''

We're doing that on Brexit!

  Aitchbee 19:28 08 Oct 2018

The economic model of the developed world is based on producing and consuming ever more resources supported by increased consumer wealth and a growing global population.

A total ban on natural human reproduction for a few years wouldn't go amiss, ie. less mouths to feed; btw, there might be something really useful in this non-binary malarky guff that invades our senses. [LGBTQ ... have I missed anyone out?]

  wee eddie 20:36 08 Oct 2018

HB- China tried that - Well, the single child policy.

Now they have a horrendous problem that puts the UKs, Baby Boomer, problem to shame. Not nearly enough Workers to look after the older generation

  Aitchbee 21:12 08 Oct 2018

wee eddie, the China modal failed 'cos they did not freely allow in any immigrant workers like we do in the UK to bolster our NHS in time of need.

  wee eddie 21:50 08 Oct 2018

With a population of 1.4 billion, where over 50's outnumber the rest by almost 2 to 1.

They have a problem that a few thousand Filipinos could not possibly cure

  Quickbeam 06:52 09 Oct 2018

Population control on a global scale is the great taboo that has to be addressed for this century.

The 20th century had 2 world wars, numerous smaller wars all of which added up to probably 100 million killed add that to disease deaths like cholera in third world countries and the great flue pandemic that claimed a possible 100 million that modern medicine can control early on. Then assume that everyone killed would have had a couple of children, several grand children and many gt grand children etc.

Uncontrolled population expansion is the greatest threat to human kind. The planet will evolve another dominant life form in due course after our tenure has run it's course.

The planet has recovered from several catastrophes in it's time to present.

  Quickbeam 06:54 09 Oct 2018

Woah! Now there's a heavy thought for the day...

  Quickbeam 06:55 09 Oct 2018

...and while we're on the subject of planetary abuse enter link description here

  HondaMan 13:52 09 Oct 2018

May I suggest a read of a book written many years ago titled "IMPLOSION". Makes you shiver!

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