Describing actions taken to address our futures as 'experiments' sounds worrying; the idea smacks of lack of knowledge, or plain incompetence. Both of these are true, but the actions are not random, and can be controlled.
Trying to get a glimpse of the challenges of the future is only a problem because the future is, well, the future. The challenges of the present are, or should be, more obvious. Getting from here to there is a Great Experiment.
Reddit was never going to be an ideal of reasoned discussion. This thread came close but still appeared to miss an important point.
Old data is essential to historians and researchers of all kinds. I've just been reminded that even in the digital age finding what you want can be a matter of luck.
Describes the IPAT equation and warns against its use.
Notes on Fred Pearce's 2010 book defusing the panic about human population growth.
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This is the starting point for exploring the ideas on global pollution and extraction. The series introduces ideas that we need to understand, and leads up to a prognosis for our possible future.
The series on Global Futures identified where we are headed if we do nothing. This series on adaptation outlines the elements that need to be addressed if we are, at least, to avoid the worst of our possible futures and, at best, to achieve the best of our possible futures.
Democracy, as practised in England, has given us governments and a political system that are no longer trusted by citizens. This series examines the sources of that disconnect, and introduces an alternative that brings citizens to the front.