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 Assunto da Mensagem: Bill Gates speech in Beijing on a crucial problem
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It seems that Bill Gates wants to prove that the prediction (below) of 76 years old physicist Martin Desvaux was too pessimistic. Still is much easier for man to go to Mars or even to find another weapon of mass destruction than to develop such a cost-efficient eco-efficient device.


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De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 23 de Janeiro de 2018 20:10
Assunto: How many people can live on Earth?

10 years ago the physicist Martin Desvaux deliver a talk to the Royal Society of Statisticians that he later turn into a paper published in "Significance", a journal of the Royal Statistical Society. The title of the paper is "The sustainability of human populations: How many people can live on Earth?" in the end of it we wrote:

“It is not sufficient to try to apply technology to solve the, affluence term in the Commoner-Ehrlich equation. Humans will not willingly sacrifice much of their comfortable lifestyles for the greater good (especially for people in other countries) unless it is taken from them...”

Although very pessimistic this narrative has many advantages, the more important concerns the fact that it points the finger to everyone of us. And only in the moment that we were able to realize that technology will not bring miracle solutions that´s the moment that each one has to do is own part to solve this paramount problem. Higher education has a strong responsability on this context not only by teaching about self-responsability but also about the ethical importance of moderate consumption patterns.

Of course Governments in Western countries have also major responsabilities in sending the rigth signals to certain industries. And they should already been after the auto racing industry the same way that they do with the tobacco industry. Not so much because of their associated emissions but mostly because it is an unwarrantable industry that embodies the "confortable lifestyles" and all the wrong values that Western countries live by.


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