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  • If we gave everyone a decent standard of living, could we sustain it?

    It should be possible to meet the basic physical needs of everyone on the planet without using up physical resources too quickly. But it wouldn’t be possible to extend a first-world standard of living to everyone without needing “a level of resource use that is two-six times the sustainable level,” researcher Daniel O’Neill and his colleagues report. Only a drastic improvement in efficiency would allow the planet to manage this higher standard of living.


    https://arstechnica.com/science/2018...y-sustainable/
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    Last edited by Mel; 02-09-2018, 10:39 PM.

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    I don't think the ecology could sustain the current world population in the style that is regarded as "decent" by the developed countries. It might be possible to make the poorest _slightly_ less poor by redistributing the wealth, but the mechanism for doing so is unclear.

    What might help us all out a bit, though, would be to promote the welfare of all other forms of life, not "efficiency". The more diverse and plentiful the fauna and flora we live with, the more good food will be available for everyone. The pursuit of efficiency is a dead end, and would most likely leave us with vulnerable monocultures: humans, two or three food animals, and two or three crops. An ecological house of cards, in other words. Temporary, disastrous, and ultimately fatal for our species.

    Loren

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