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Topic: TEN BBBBBillion! Is it the abyss ahead for us?
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GS Chandy

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TEN BBBBBillion! Is it the abyss ahead for us?
Posted: Jun 30, 2013 3:04 AM
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Here's a book worth considering seriously (in my view), as we continue our 'quick-step' towards the abyss:

"TEN BILLION!", by Stephen Emmott
Stephen Emmott is Head of Computational Science, Microsoft and a professor at Oxford University

QUOTE (from the blurb)
TEN BILLION is a snapshot of a planet, and our species, approaching a crisis: how we got here, what?s happening now, and where this leaves us for the rest of this century. TEN BILLION is anything but a 'green' book. And it?s not another book about the climate. TEN BILLION is a book about us.

Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.

By 1960, there were three billion.
There are now over seven billion of us.

By 2050, there will be at least nine billion people on this planet.
And, sometime near the end of this century, the world
population will reach ten billion.

As we continue to grow, these problems continue to grow.
And this means that every which way we look at it, a planet of 10 billion people is set to look increasingly like a nightmare.

Also, a scientific lecture as a play: "10 Billion", acted by Stephen Emmott, directed by Katie Mitchell:
>From an article in HuffingtonPose about the play:
?I?m a scientist, not an actor,? ? an unlikely opening line from Stephen Emmott, star of one-man show Ten Billion at the Royal Court Theatre.

Emmott?s confession is far from theatrical irony; he is a Professor at Oxford University stepping onto the stage to bring us a message about the vital issues of a burgeoning population.

In a year where the world populace hit seven billion, the 2011 Census revealed that the population of England and Wales has grown by 3.7million to a total of 56.1million, an increase of 7% in a decade.

With apt topical timing, Emmott and director Katie Mitchell deliver an alternative scientific lecture about the key issues of the relationship between population and the environment, combining music and creative projection.
UNQUOTE (read the entire article at:
Yes, I'm aware that Huffington Post is reckoned, by some of us, to be just some more 'leftist scare-mongering'.
GSC's comments:
There does appear to be some 'scare-mongering' in some of the figures Emmott quotes - some of his figures do seem to be somewhat 'over the top' when you compare them with figures found elsewhere.

But, even if you take out all the 'scare statistics', Emmott is very convincing indeed (even if you were to take out all the 'scare-statistics'.

We're in trouble, deep, DEEP trouble. I.e, we're up sh*t creek without a paddle.

We (i.e., us human beings) do need some urgent rethinking about how we should move ahead. What is our future going to be? Do we have a future at all?

I personally would like more than anything else in the world to hope - but frankly we do need to acknowledge to ourselves that we are in dire straits indeed.


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