Title of article: Take Notice of the Sustainability Factor and the Disposable Economy of the World
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 by: Aaron Turpen
(NaturalNews) We are facing a world-wide disaster on a scale much larger than any Al Gore could ever have imagined. This disaster is not the climate; it's not a meteor, and it's not a pandemic. The disaster is ourselves.
Every aspect of human endeavor requires resources. We need food to eat and live, water to drink, materials for building homes, and so forth. School children are told that Americans are only about 5% of the world's population, but we consume almost a third of the world's resources.
That's only the tip of the iceberg. The Chinese use more than we do and India is working hard to catch up. Europe is almost on par with the U.S. and the rest of the world wants desperately to have the rich Western lifestyle of prosperity.
The problem isn't the prosperity; it's the consumption. Think of just oil, which by nearly every measure is the anchor resource from which all others flow in our modern economy. At current growth rates, China will consume 98 million barrels of oil per day by 2025. Current world production is about 74 million per day. Even conservative estimates show that we won't be able to meet that demand and everyone else's too.
On the other end of the spectrum, we're getting close to drowning in our own garbage. Mountains of it occupy dumping sites around the globe. New York City ships 12,000 tons of garbage to places as far away as Virginia. Athens, Greece ran out of space for their 6,000 ton daily refuse pileups and had to beg the EU to help them.
There are floating refuse dumps in both the Pacific and the Atlantic. The more well-known Pacific Ocean garbage collection is the size of Texas. The smaller, but no less disturbing pileup, in the Atlantic is at the point where currents meet in the Bermuda Triangle.
Our population continues to grow at a fast pace and is up to 7 billion people....