One Finite Planet

Population: Why more than the current change is required.

source: https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth/If you are not aware that the rate of population increase has slowed significantly, then you can refer to some of the pages in this section.  The red line on graph here may also help.

As you can see, although the rate of growth has dropped significantly, the global population does still continue to grow.

In reality it is very possible that the global population will actually eventually completely stop growing.  The graph is accurate up to now, but speculative in the future. But even if growth does stop altogether, there is still a significant problem from an environmental perspective in terms of the number of people and not destroying the planet.  The reduction in population growth is sufficient to complete disrupt our current society and economy, but insufficient to solve serious problems for the earth.

The Problem at Current Population Levels.

It may seem that we are managing to survive quite well right now, but consider what is happing to the species we share the earth with. Then there is the question of climate change.  Beyond the loss of species, the oceans are being depleted of what have been food sources. There is even some question of security of feeding the current human population given what is happening to other species, but that is a complex question, worthy of its own chapter.

Why it gets even worse.

As noted, even though in the developed world population growth has basically stopped, there  are still sufficient countries with a growing population to continue growth.  These countries will continue to grow in population unless they also develop.  But the ‘human footprint’ on the environment is multiples greater for people in developed countries.  Currently we really only know how to survive with at the most around 2 billion people living a ‘developed’ life style.

Technology as the Answer?

We hope so, but it is a race. A race to improve sustainable living technology,  as more of the world moves to a developed lifestyle and increases impact on the planet. And this needs to take place while also solving global climate change, and actually achieving a stable population.  Furthermore, at the same time, the western world learns how to move to economic indicators and plans that work under the new dynamic of the ‘Information/Eco’ age.   A big challenge.

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The surprising reality of increased human life expectancy.

The surprising thing is, people throughout history, and before, lived longer than is often depicted.

From the 1500s till around 1800, life expectancy throughout Europe hovered between 30 and 40 years of age, then the 20th century, life expectancy rose from 49.2 to 80.3 years.

The surprise is, throughout history and as long as far back as we can know, a full lifespan has always been around 70 years or longer. The biggest change has not the length of a human lifespan, but instead, the dramatic increase in percentage of people who get to enjoy that lifespan.

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BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: Affordable EV, not just a rich man’s toy.

There was time when mobile phones where just rich man’s toys. The BYD Atto 3 or Yuan Plus depending on the market, is not only BYDs first global car, but also what I would call the first mainstream, affordable EV for the west, ending the EV as rich man’s toy. It is being released in several countries in early 2022, mainly left traffic countries (wheel on the right) including Australia, but will go global. The Atto 3 competes on price, size and features with affordable gasoline/petrol compact SUVs. The Atto 3 is not a car priced as a BYD competitor for the regular Toyota Corolla, as that car, the Atto 2 will follow in Australia late 2022 or early 2023.

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Battle for No1 Carmaker: Tracking Tesla and BYD.

I have already have a page tracking the fall of current leaders Toyota, VW etc, and this page tracks the rise of the new contenders for the worlds number 1 carmaker: Tesla and BYD.

These two are the current EV market leaders, and as EVs gain market share, these two are on trajectories to become no #1 and no #2 car carmakers world wide. But will either of them ever reach true #1?

I have excluded Tesla and BYD from the ‘new kids on the block’, page tracking the rise of new EV companies as the race between these EV heavyweights warrants its own page.

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