Only 50 Years of Oil Left?
The world may have no more than half a century of oil left at current rates of consumption, the British bank H.S.B.C. warns in a new report, as developing countries' demand surges to new levels.
The world's second largest bank in terms of assets, the British-owned H.S.B.C. says that oil supplies are guaranteed for the next fifty years, but after that the picture is less detailed. "'We're confident that there are around 50 years of oil left,' Karen Ward, the bank’s senior global economist, said in an interview on C.N.B.C. The bank further cautioned that growth trends in developing countries like China could put as many as one billion more cars on the road by midcentury. 'That’s tremendous pressure on oil to power all those resources,' Ms. Ward said."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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