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 Saturday, October 19th, 2013
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Climate Change Refugees

Three hundred people drowned last week when an overcrowded fishing boat sank off the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, close to the north African coast. They were emigrants from northern and sub-Saharan Africa seeking More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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Two key fertilisers are running out. When they are gone we will starve- Jeremy Grantham

Jeremy Grantham, the world famous financier who warned of the 1989 Tokyo stock market crash, US growth stocks crash in 2000 and the financial sector crash in 2007, is seriously concerned about climate change and More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, November 10th, 2012
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Malthus was wrong. Is he still wrong?

In 2004 History Future Now went on a mission to read the most influential books on economic and philosophical theory. Books selected were deliberately from all spectrums of economic thought and included David Ricardo’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, November 9th, 2012
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World population since creation: 5,500BC to today

History Future Now has been researching for an article regarding global population and wanted some data about population numbers over time.  This came up, which was one of the most amazing things that I have seen More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Dealing with the consequences of climate chance inaction: the impact of food

In a previous article History Future Now admitted defeat: climate change is happening and there is no viable political solution which will enable us to stop it from getting worse.  Global average temperatures will More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 29th, 2012
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Cassandra: time to give up on predicting climate change?

Most History Future Now readers will be familiar with Homer’s epic of the Iliad, written about 2,800 years ago.   Few will have actually read the poem, most will have a vague idea about the plot and many More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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Europe vs. Scientific Consensus on GM crops— The American Magazine

The American argues that the EU is wrong to reject genetically modified crops: For more than 20 years, bucking a worldwide scientific consensus, the European Union EU has maintained literally nonsensical laws and More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, October 18th, 2012
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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math- Rolling Stone

In July 2012 Bill McKibben wrote an article in Rolling Stone magazine about Global Warming describing the terrifying math that should concern us all. First, he wrote about 2 degrees celsius.  This is the politically More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 15th, 2012
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The North African Threat and Mediterranean Reunification

North Africa does not appear to be a military and political threat to the European Union.  Why should it?  In the last few years most of its countries have been convulsed by revolutions and are in disarray.   More...