World Reality Check
Most food comes from the middle latitudes, between 30º and 55º. Recent studies of weather patterns show that climate change is causing the middle latitudes to have more extreme weather conditions. A combination of conditions such as water and fuel shortages, storms, unusual heat, cold and flooding, are causing food supplies and prices to become unstable. Rising food costs affect the poor disproportionately, and many are starving.
Polar ice caps are quickly melting and the warming water
also expands. As the northern ice melts oceans will rise several feet and
displace hundreds of thousands of people in
“Peak oil” is a term used to indicate that basically more
than half of all oil has been taken from the earth. Most of this oil has been
consumed by the American and European nations. However, w
The fuel shortages of the ‘70s were only the beginning of a looming problem. Estimates are that present fossil fuel reserves could sustain less that one third of the current population at current energy consumption levels. Wind power, solar, hydrogen, nuclear, and all alternative energy sources combined are apparently insufficient to sustain current demands anytime soon. Scientists have shown us through quantum physics that at the subatomic level, everything is pure energy. So theoretically energy shortages should be temporary. Perhaps only when we learn not to use it against each other and against the environment, will our energy problems be resolved.
Food and fuel shortages have political implications. So far, anyone attempting to present these issues realistically has resulted in political suicide. Denial and deficits have been the way to remain in office. But we can climb out on that limb only so far.
Rising costs of food and fuel means increasing desperation and competition, and an ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots. A dwindling middle class has increased sentiment to "throw the rascals out," which is being met with stricter rule of law. Can we find a new way?
If the old, unsustainable paradigm is coming to an end, then the interesting question is what will the new paradigm look like?
If you feel you are having a bad day... this should put things into
There would be:
52 would be female
70 would be non-white
70 would be non-Christian
89 would be heterosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
80 would live in substandard housing
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the
The following points are also something else to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest,
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a
dish somewhere ...
If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare.
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