Why an expanding global middle class is going to cause us all problems

Much has been made of recent announcements that the world’s population is not going to peak at 9 billion in 2050, but will rather increase for the rest of the century, hitting over 11 billion by 2100.  This is clearly a major concern.  More people mean more things that people need:  more food, more water, more “stuff”.  All of More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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Digging for rare earths: The mines where iPhones are born | Apple – CNET News

A few weeks ago, History Future Now wrote about rare earths and the transfer of power from China (see article: Rare earth metals, China and the transfer of power).  CNet has an article about this with videos of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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How climate change will drive new barbarian hordes into Europe

The Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire which followed it, was one of the most successful multi ethnic, multi cultural, multi linguistic and multi theistic societies in history.  This ability to absorb foreigners More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, August 19th, 2012
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Why land deals in Africa could make the Great Irish Famine a minor event

Some of you may have noticed some land deals in Africa being announced in the press over the past few years. The stories invariably include China in the headlines “China Gives Up On Europe, Will Target Africa More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
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Drying up. What happens to farms if there is no water?

NASA’s Landsat satellite images of the growing agriculture industry in the northern reaches of the Syrian Desert in Saudi Arabia. The aquifer water is expected to last another 25 years. Four questions: First, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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The immorality of climate change, a reflection on slavery and the Civil War

Today, few people look back upon African slavery in the Americas as a good thing.  There are no rousing speeches defending slave owners rights over their property, or demands not just to maintain the institution More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate to Aquifers Within Years – ProPublica

Natural gas extracted from shale rocks has had a significant impact on the US energy market, significantly reducing the price of natural gas which has helped many businesses and caused terrible problems for others. More...