When people think of the term ‘migration’ they usually think about birds flying south for the winter. But people migrate too. And we are likely to see a great deal of modern migration sparked by ecological changes, like the drought in East Africa leading to millions moving in search of water and…
The 21st Century FAQ
Q: What can we expect?
A: Pretty much what you read about in New Scientist every week. Climate change, dust bowls caused by over-cultivation necessitated by over-population, resource depletion in obscure and irritatingly mission-critical sectors (never mind oil; we’ve only got 60 years of easily exploitable phosphates left — if we run out of phosphates, our agricultural fertilizer base goes away), the great population overshoot (as developing countries transition to the low population growth model of developed countries) leading to happy fun economic side-effects (deflation, house prices crash, stagnation in cutting-edge research sectors due to not enough workers, aging populations), and general bad-tempered overcrowded primate bickering.
Oh, and the unknown unknowns.
The 21st century: FAQ, Charles Stross
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