Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 21, 2011, 4:45 a.m. EST by blazefire
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When we look at the state of affairs, if terms of the decline of natural resources, something seems to jump out at me..... peak oil, is merely the tip of the iceburg.
For those that don't know, the word 'peak', defines a time in which we produce as much of a resource as is ever going to be possible. For instance with oil, peak is defined in a single well, when stocks drop below the point of easy access. At this point, the industry must develop alternative technologies, dig deeper, fill wells with water, etc, (which all costs extra $), this drives prices up, and, so demand lowers. A resource is said to have 'tipped', when peak production has passed. World resources are no different than a single well....and those resources, are peaking, all over the place.
The military take on the matter...
Has it been tipped?
But as I said....this is only the tip of the iceburg. When you look at the resources that we are so dependant upon, things become much more worrisome, such as our metals, which we are so heavily dependant upon:
Peak copper, not so worrisome, as we can melt it down and reuse it:
Peak lithium, used in batteries and complex electrical devices, causes a much greater concern:
Or peak platinum, which is also utilised in high tech devices:
I won't go on with the metals, even though the list certainly does. Coal is set to peak in 15yrs, natural gas, is as much a debate as oil....REAL cause for concern though.....is our food and water...
Peak phosphorus, which is required for fertilizer and used by any farmer that isn't into permaculture:
Peak fresh water:
Peak fish, WORLD peak fish, passed in 1980...
The list really just does go on and on, spend some time googling basic resources, and see what happens....
We're running out of everything, that is limited, which is everything. Stores of these resources are dwindling, and the only debate that seems to be had, is what to do over just a SINGLE aspect of this problem; a problem which is rather simple: Limited resources, are limited.