times between the glaciation periods, populations had expanded, and then had
collapsed again when the climate conditions became harsh during the glaciation
We are near such a collapse situation in our time. Our World population expanded
explosively during the last 200 years of the present interglacial period. It had
expanded from 1 billion in the year 1800, to the more than 7 billion that we
have today. This wasn't the result of improved breeding habits.
It resulted from 3 factors coming together, which made this miracle possible.
One factor was the dawn of science, which had its root in the development of
classical culture. The second factor was the dawn of industrialization and
technologies that together with science made improved agriculture possible that
enabled more people to live.
The third factor was the radical improvement of the climate that enabled
scientific and technological progress to expand the base for human living almost
The up-ramping in solar activity from the early 1700s onward gave us almost 300
years of amazing global warming.
The Little Ice Age if the 1600s was a
scene of population decline by starvation, even cannibalism in some cases to
ward off starvation.
All this changed when the solar up-ramping began, and the climate recovered
and became warm again.
agriculture would not not have been possible without this massive solar global
warming that occurred. Most people in the world would not be living if the
sun-caused global warming hadn't happened. The vast majority of our food comes
from agriculture. When agriculture thrives and expands, which is possible in
warm climate, humanity thrives and expands with it.
But now that the solar global warming event
is over and the global warming is fading, one of the fundamental support for our
living on this planet is fading with it. In fact the global warming that rescued
us from the Little Ice Age isn't just
fading. It is collapsing, and agriculture is beginning to collapse with it.
While the collapse is still only in the early stages,
large-scale crop losses have already been experienced.
Are we facing a large-scale population collapse then, as the
result of the climate collapse? Are we facing inevitable massive crop failures in the years
ahead? I would answer no.
The answer has to be no, because we have the scientific and
technological potential developed to lift agriculture out of its
dependence on climate conditions.
If it wasn't for this potential we would be
seeing an enormous population collapse in the near future, such as we have never
imagined. But, as I said, I don't see this happening. This is so, because we have the power toady to
avoid the population collapse that follows collapsing agriculture, by simply relocating our agriculture into the tropics and
into indoor facilities there.
This power, that we have on this scene, is not trivial, and it is real. It
is amazing and grand, and worth celebrating. When this creative power is applied,
the human scene unfolds into joy, and
peace erupts along the way.