Thanks to Dr. William E. Rees for the following .pdf, which is based on a Power Point presentation he made in New York City on December 14th, 2011. Dr. Rees has mentioned in the past that “The world community can (and probably will for some time yet) continue to ignore the best science on global change preferring instead the mythology of continuous growth.”
You can view or download the .pdf here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-dZOjqE9J_jM2FiNGFlMDAtOWFkYS00ZTExLThjN2QtMTBmZjkwNWIwYzNi
Some excerpts follow:
Demographic Context: The Anomalous, Unsustainable Oil-Based Expansion of the Human Enterprise:
- The extensive reliance on fossil fuel beginning in the 19th Century allowed the explosive growth of the human enterprise and the increase in global entropy.
- The period of rapid growth since the 19th Century, which we take to be ‘the norm’ , actually delimits the single most anomalous period in the history of H. sapiens .
- The current GHG rise at 2+ ppm CO2/year is the fastest observed in the geological record, with the exception of events associated with mass extinction of species
Current World Population
Net Growth During Your Visit