Twilight of Abundance: Why the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Twilight of Abundance: Why the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short

by David Archibald


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Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: fifty years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is over—prepare for the twilight of abundance.

David Archibald reveals the grim future the world faces on its current trajectory: massive fuel shortages, the bloodiest warfare in human history, a global starvation crisis, and a rapidly cooling planet. Archibald combines pioneering science with keen economic knowledge to predict the global disasters that could destroy civilization as we know it—disasters that are waiting just around the corner.

But there’s good news, too: We can have a good future if we prepare for it. Advanced, civilized countries can have a permanently high standard of living if they choose to invest in the technologies that will get them there. Archibald, a climate scientist as well as an inventor and a financial specialist, explains which scientific breakthroughs can save civilization in the coming crisis—if we can cut through the special interest opposition to these innovations and allow free markets to flourish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621571582
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 658,116
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Archibald is a Perth-based scientist working in the fields of oil exploration, medical research, climate science, and energy. A true polymath, his achievements include pioneering the study of how climate change is linked to the solar cycle. Through his work both in oil exploration, and as a stockbroker in Sydney, he has developed an intricate understanding of how climate, energy, and the economy interact. Archibald uses this knowledge to make predictions about how the forces already in motion in the global economy and climate will affect the future prosperity and security of the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Fernandez of the Belmont Club vii

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Time Is at Hand 1

Chapter 2 A Less Giving Sun 11

Chapter 3 Populations on the Verge of Collapse 43

Chapter 4 Culture Is Destiny 71

Chapter 5 Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons 85

Chapter 6 China Wants a War 107

A Picture from a Possible Future 125

Chapter 7 The Leaving of Oil 137

Chapter 8 Not Quite the Worst That Could Happen 175

Postscript 183

Notes 189

Index 197

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