Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 per cent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 per cent when I was born.
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously
The next time you hear Sir David Attenborough say: ‘Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth on a planet with finite resources is either a madman or an economist’, ask him this: ‘But what if economic growth means using less stuff, not more?’
Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history
We’ve just had the best decade in human history, says Matt Ridley. Yes, seriously...
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We’ve just had the best decade in human history. But little of this made the news, because good news is no news, writes Matt Ridley
"Although the UK’s economy has almost trebled in size since 1970, and our population is up by 20 per cent, total primary inland energy consumption has actually fallen by almost 10 per cent." Why isn't this front page news?
“As we enter the third decade of this century, I’ll make a prediction: by the end of it, we will see less poverty, less child mortality, less land devoted to ag in the world. There will be more tigers, whales, forests and nature reserves”
Right-wing pundit in Conservative house magazine: We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously— TLDR: It's Matt Ridley (Tory hereditary peer, mining magnate, bankster-in-chief of a failed bank, and climate change denialist)
In 2012, Jesse Ausubel of Rockefeller University and his colleagues argued that, thanks to modern technology, we use 65 per cent less land to produce a given quantity of food compared with 50 years ago
The Limits to Growth predicted that if growth continued, the world would run out of gold, mercury, silver, tin, zinc, copper and lead well before 2000. #throwbackthursday
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously #HappyNewYear #HappyNewDecade
The next time you hear Sir David Attenborough say: ‘Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth on a planet with finite resources is either a madman or an economist’, ask him this: ‘But what if economic growth means using less stuff, not more?’
Calling all teenage catastrophists and manic depressive apocaholics. has a few home truths to whisper in your ear. We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously. #MerryChristmas2019
Guess it's all about perspective?
Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 per cent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 per cent when I was born.
This 1999 prediction was spot on - but it also paid a major environmental dividend. Rolling so many devices into one means we use less stuff. The amount we in the UK take from the earth each year is now far less than in 1999. Matt Ridley tells the story:
This has been the best decade in human history, says Matt Ridley - a bold claim but one that’s quite easy to prove
Although the UK’s economy has almost trebled in size since 1970, and our population is up by 20 per cent, total primary inland energy consumption has actually fallen by almost 10 per cent
We’ve just had the best decade in human history, says Matt Ridley. Here's why
"Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history." We are now beyond "peak stuff" & doing more with less shows Progress
In Britain, our consumption of ‘stuff’ probably peaked around the turn of the century — an achievement that has gone almost entirely unnoticed.
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously | The Spectator
#ICYMI: We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously
Narrative violation.
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously
"We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history." A nice reminder as we exit this decade.
"We've just had the best decade in human history, seriously."
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously
The case for some optimism: We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously
“ Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history.” yes, the world has problems but a lot is also going right (which gets no coverage)
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously | The Spectator ;
Large animals are returning in abundance in rich countries; populations of wolves, deer, beavers, lynx, seals, sea eagles and bald eagles are all increasing
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously | The Spectator
Good read, among all the doom and gloom articles.
Worth a read. You know it’s a strange time when measured optimism doubles as a subversive narrative . . .
“We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history... some [wealthy] nations are beginning to use less stuff: less metal, less water, less land. Not just in proportion to productivity: less stuff overall.”
A compelling case from an old debating antagonist that things are getting better even as our pessimism rises. Ok Twitter -- have at it -- but read his case first.
We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously | The Spectator