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CRH Donating Member (671 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 02:48 PM
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8. So it appears the best mitigating stategy to lessen the population collapse, ...
would be if the financial institutions of Europe were to invest large sums into an agricultural infra structure, that would provide Europe with a close source of food and fiber crops.

Do you know of any sources that show present fertile agricultural regions in Africa in relation to available developable water sources. Or, any sources that show expected impact of climate change for the continent, which areas are expected to to experience desertification, calapse of rain forest, etc.? Country by country I'm sure this information is available, but for the continent in total?

Whatever can be done to lessen the imact, like everywhere else will have to happen on the local community level, and water will always be a first requirement. Buying food is not a solution, but your graphs indicate producing food comes at a substancial investment as well, an investment that the continent cannot provide even if there was total cooperation. It seems if abandoned by the world bankers as you suggest, small outreach programs seem the most realistic. Tomorrow I do some searchs into UN programs, religious missions and the like to see if there is any movement addressing this situation.

Of all the writing on peak oil, climate change, and population over shoot, there are many generalizations of the problems that will be encountered, but few articles go into depths in predicting the first flash points. Like you I think the area many of us will see deteriorate in our lifetimes is the African continent. As your research has indicated, the possibility of the beginning of the collapse happening within a decade, with catastrophic proportion in the second decade. It could well be the undeniable effects on the African continent, that wakes the rest of the world, illustrates the need to throw all resources into sustainable community developements, everywhere. It is certain, few are paying any attention now, to the coming crisis.
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