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  • The apocalypse cult keeps the doomsday clock permanently set at three minutes to midnight — whether it’s a population bomb, asteroid impact, disease pandemic, or agricultural breakdown.

Ecological death may be perched on our shoulders, but’s it’s been 40 years since the release of The Limits of Growth — a canonical text of the apocalypse cult commissioned by the Club of Rome and penned collectively by four authors. Certainly there are others in the canon that preceded it — Paul Erlich’s The Population Bomb and Rachel Carson’s Silent Springbut as Bjorn Lomborg writes, “The genius of The Limits of Growth was to fuse these worries with fears of running out of stuffs. We were doomed, because too many people would consume too much. Even if our ingenuity bought us some time, we would end up killing the planet and killing ourselves with pollution. The only hope was to stop economic growth itself, cut consumption, recycle, and force people to have fewer children, stabilizing society at a significantly poorer level.”

As Lonborg points out, the ecological ruin predicted by The Limits of Growth never arrived. There have been “massive global improvements in health, longevity, and quality of life.” And modern agriculture has been critical, or at least related to, each improvement.

The apocalypse cult keeps the doomsday clock permanently set at three minutes to midnight — whether it’s a population bomb, asteroid impact, disease pandemic, or agricultural breakdown. The end will always be nigh, and only one more prediction away. Just ask Chopra, Hamilton-Parker and McKibben; they’ll tell you all about it.

 

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kevin89 (not verified)
on Feb 13, 2014

I think the government should create an effective system where the farmers can directly reach the officials and fix their problems immediately. In addition, the government should fix an average price for their crop grains and also reduce their tax payment.
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Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 18, 2014

Nice article, Chris. But just to clarify, you're suggesting that there are no limits to anything, correct? That, say, 100 billion humans would be fine and dandy? Look out your window next time it rains...what color is the water? How about the water table under your feet?

on Apr 18, 2014

No limits to anything? I'm not suggesting that, period. I simply don't believe the end is nigh. It's one thing to call for needed change; quite another to screech about the end of days.

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