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BEGINNING OR THE END?
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AseanAffairs Magazine March - April 2011
CONTENT • ASEAN TECH
• ASEAN CORPORATE STRATEGY • ASEAN TRAVELLER
• ASEAN ENERGY

• BEYOND ASEAN

• ASEAN ENVIRONMENT INSIDE OUT
• ASEAN MONEY  • THE AWAKENING
 • ASEAN TALK      • SAVE OUR PLANET IV

 

 

A NEW REALIGNMENT or CONTINUING CHAOS?
Managing Editor David Swartzentruber sees a new global political restructuring as the answer to the current global chaos.


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By the Anonymous American
 

Excerpts from the recently published book, “Endgame” by John Mauldin and Jonathan Tappan give an in-depth look at recent global economic turmoil a nd a look to the future.

Iilustration by Suttirat Butnampet(AseanAffairs)

As one observes the spate of calamitous events around the world one can’t help but notice a pronounced increase in both their frequency and severity. Many dismissing them as mere coincidence are now fearful and question whether this concurrent confluence of developments will lead to planetary disaster. It conjures thoughts such as: Could the Mayans have been right?, Didn’t Nostradamus predict this? and the description of “end of days” in the book of Revelation are eerily similar to what is happening before our very eyes.

The “End of the World” is an idea that has been around for thousands of years and was scheduled to have taken place many times already. That the scheduled dates came and went without incident should provide a measure of solace. However, before we gleefully get on with our lives there are a few facts that should be considered.

World population crossed the 1 billion mark about 200 years ago. Today world population is estimated by the United States Census Bureau at 6.91 billion and is expected to reach between 7.5 and 10.5 billion by 2050. Generating a global gross domestic product (GDP) sufficient to sustain this population will require far more energy than we consume today. Most of this energy is, and will be, in the form of liquid hydrocarbons yet the average decline rate from existing fields has been calculated by the International Energy Agency at 4.5 percent per year. The world needs to develop the equivalent of a Saudi Arabia’s worth of oil production capacity every four years to offset such declines............

  
>> THE GLOBAL DEMAND FOR FOOD WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AS EVER MORE PEOPLE POPULATE THE PLANET NECESSITATING A 70 PERCENT INCREASE IN FOOD PRODUCTION BY 2050 IN ORDER TO FEED THEM ALL.<<
100,000 protestors marched in Brussels prortesting austerity.


 

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