Population

Cal on August 18th, 2016

The world’s population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.6 billion by 2050. Most of the growth is supposed to slated to come from nine countries: India, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, the US, and Indonesia. Population growth is being driven by longer lifespans. Population growth in developed countries has slowed […]

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Cal on August 12th, 2016

  Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey claims the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today. “Whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries.” See here. FuelCellWorks takes us on a test drive of Toyota’s […]

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Cal on April 30th, 2016

Dr Aubrey de Grey believes some people have already been born who could live for many centuries because of ongoing research being done into “repairing the effects of ageing.” He is concerned that preventative treatments mean humans would be able to consistently re-repair and live as long as 1,000 years or possibly even forever. Mr […]

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Cal on April 4th, 2016

Boston Consulting Group suggests that within 15 years China will be the largest market for autonomous (driverless) vehicles. Automated taxis will most likely lead the trend. A number of Chinese companies are working on these vehicles including the Internet company Leshi Internet Information & Technology, carmaker Great Wall Motors, and the search engine company Baidu. […]

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Cal on March 25th, 2016

Every hour of every day: • 3.7 million barrels of crude oil are extracted from the Earth • 932,000 tons of coal are removed from Earth • 395 million cubic meters of natural gas are removed from Earth • 4.1 million tons of carbon dioxide are put into the Earth’s atmosphere • 9,300 more people […]

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Cal on December 20th, 2015

Oil trader John Arnold is expecting one-half of the US energy industry to go bankrupt next year if the world price of oil does not rebound from its current doldrums of almost $35 a barrel. “Come January 1, revenues will experience a pronounced decline for many companies, coinciding with a time of severe stress for […]

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Cal on November 28th, 2015

The global oil industry continues to contract because of the plunge in world crude oil prices. Graves & Co. reports the industry has cut 250,000 jobs and $100 billion in capital spending this year. Baker Hughes says that the US rig count is 54% lower than in a year ago. It is estimated there will […]

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Cal on August 2nd, 2015

  The United Nations reported the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 as India surpasses China to become the largest country. By the end of this century, this figure could increase to more than 11.2 billion. The west African country of Nigeria is expected to be larger than the US by mid-century and […]

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