Global 2050: A Basis for Speculation
Offers a number of plausible alternative futures based largely on the author's research of trends over the last fifty years, focusing on population, natural resources, food, energy, industry, transportation and communication and considers global issues such as the stability of the worldwide social and political systems, threats to the natural environment and the respective living conditions in the rich and poor areas of the world. Whilst the book proposes a number of conclusions, its primary purpose is provide to background information, statistics and calculations as the basis for speculation by others.
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20th century 21st century Africa agricultural alternative futures amount areas Asia Australia average Brazil Canada capita production cars cent cereals Chapter China coal compared cropland decades decline demographic developed and developing developing countries developing regions developing world earth's economic electricity energy consumption environment estimates European Union example expected extracted fertilisers Figure forecast former USSR fossil fuels fuelwood given global warming grow hectares human activities impact increase India Japan large number Latin America livestock major regions metres million tonnes natural gas natural resources needed non-fuel minerals North America nuclear passenger percentage permanent crops permanent pasture pollution population growth possible present problems projections prospect rail raw materials referred reserves roughly Russia Second World sector shows situation South South Korea Southeast Asia Soviet speculation Table tonnes total population traffic transport United Nations urban USSR Western Europe world population