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World Expo 2020
icondig1   12/2/2013 9:22:28 AM
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Climate of business changing with Dubai winning the World Expo 2020

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Re: Climate change is.....
ScRamjet   12/2/2013 9:10:08 AM
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Now that is a seriuos shame.

I come from a well forested part of the US Where Coal is a major Power source. Colorado has the best and worst of the counrty. Both in Physical and political structures.

Point: Several Counties recently tried to Separate into another state !

Will that Happen? Very Very Unlikely, but it should yank the politicians back to reality for a while. Those politicians in the Cities regulate as if the entire State was a city while the Vast majority of it is Rural and Agricultural.

So I feel your pain.

With Hope for the Future:

Russell 

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Re: Climate change is.....
ScRamjet   12/2/2013 9:03:51 AM
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Good for you, Here in the USA it is a crap shoot.

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Re: between two worlds
Victor Lorenzo   12/1/2013 2:04:45 PM
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"Women busy with careers will want fewer babies".

In my oppinion that holds true only for a limited part of the world's women population, unfortunately the vast majority of them are subjected to other factors like education (lack of) or religion with stronger impact on that.

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Thank you Junko
AZskibum   11/30/2013 11:33:01 AM
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Thanks Junko for this thought-provoking piece. Having read all the comments, I'd like to also thank the commenters for the very intelligent & spirited discussion.

Of course, the subject of energy is not only about climate change, but also about sustainability, politics, economics & technology (at least those). As engineers, our work touches all of these in one way or another, so although some may say "keep politics out of engineering," what they're really saying is don't talk about it or don't publicly take a political position.

I think that as engineers, we all strive to do our best not only to satisfy our employers and our customers, but that in doing so, we try to make the world a better place -- whether to each of us individually that means working on more efficient automobiles, better batteries, lower power electronics, more capable microprocessors, more intelligent & capable robots, advanced military systems, sustainable alternative energy technologies, nuclear power, or more efficient ways of finding & developing new oil reserves. We can and do have different opinions about whether some of those things do more harm than good, and those opinions necessarily have a political & economic context. But at its core, engineering is a process of continuous improvement, and that keeps me ever hopeful about the future of our profession and its ability to have a positive impact on the planet and all of its inhabitants.

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Re: between two worlds
Bert22306   11/29/2013 6:41:42 PM
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http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.TFRT.IN

You need about 2.2 births per mom to achieve population stability. Take a look at what countries have birth rates way above that, and then correlate that with economic opportunity.

Women busy with careers will want fewer babies. And in addition to that, a safety net for old age also creates less of a need for multiple offspring.

It's complicated. However creating economic opportunity seems to solve the population explosion problem every time. I'm not sure what constitues the chicken and the egg, though.

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betajet   11/29/2013 5:49:46 PM
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Earth has limited resources, and many believe that humans have been stealing from the future for a long time now.  Unfortunately,  humans' capacities for self-indulgence and self-delusion do not appear to be limited :-)

JMO/YMMV

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Re: between two worlds
David Ashton   11/29/2013 4:52:52 PM
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@Caleb, that's a whole new can of worms.     And not one that Mankind is going to solve easily, thanks to its inability to make global decisions.     China's "one child" policy did result in some horror stories and heartbreak, but it is at least partly responsible for China's emergence as an economic powerhouse.  Other countries (and perhaps religions too, dare I say) should take note.

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Re: between two worlds
Caleb Kraft   11/29/2013 9:46:41 AM
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I hate to be the one to say the horrible thing, but also, if we (humans) don't stop having so many babies so quickly we'll be in trouble too.

I don't really want to think about what that entails, but there's only so many resources on the planet.

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Re: Environmental Responsibility and the Thin Edge of the Wedge
Caleb Kraft   11/29/2013 9:43:23 AM
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I've been curious about this. I'd be afraid at every light that I was stuck!

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