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, 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 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 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 Friday, September 7th, 2012
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Standing on the shoulders of toddlers- why we have never grown up and what this means for our future

Once upon a time, you were a toddler. By the simple act of covering your eyes with your hands the people around you would cease to exist.  By lowering your hands they would, miraculously and to great amusement, 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 historyfuturenow On Monday, July 16th, 2012
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More expensive Coca Cola and global warming

As the UK goes through one of the wettest summers in recorded history, the US is experiencing one of the driest, with serious drought widespread across the continent and has allowed the US Agriculture Department More...

By historyfuturenow On Monday, July 2nd, 2012
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Feeding 9 billion: Is it possible? (All parts 1-4)

The world’s population has already passed the 7 billion mark and is expected to hit 9 -10 billion by 2050.  Given the fact that all of the main inputs – water, fertile land and a good climate – More...