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Assignment Topic : The end of the industrial age
Number of Pages :2 Page/ 425 Words
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End of Industrial Age
The End of Industrial Age provides insightful information on critical world matters. While growth and progressiveness are the main aims of many human populations, it peaks and becomes a problem for humanity. This means that humans can only utilize world resources so much before they are depleted. Humans are now forming discussions on how to cater to resource depletion and pollution. These two aspects are the major issues causing a shift in perspective from growth towards sustainability. Humans are now concerned with sustainable development and not as inclined towards growth as before.
The book discusses how growth or building can only last for too long before maintenance is required. It mentions how the energy challenges of the globe have evolved and how they represent the global development challenges. Hubbert predicted that the 1970’s United States oil production would reach its peak. He had worked out the equations that predict the amount of oil that can be drawn from a well. His curve shows that oil production starts to rise to its peak before declining back to nothing. Hubbert’s curve not only applies to Oil fields but almost all natural resources. Human development mainly uses free resources, with costs being on manufacturing, production, or processing. With time due to pollution or resource depletion, the productivity of a resource decreases. People from different careers, such as politicians and economists, believed that with the demand for oil rising, its supply would also increase.
The decline of oil production led to searching for other energy sources such as nuclear power. The earth could have significant resources such as coal, topsoil, or others. However, pollution limits growth because natural systems have a limit of supporting the economy before breakdown. A significant number of resources are reaching their peak points in production because nature is reaching its carrying capacity (the amount of pollution and resource use that nature can support infinitely). Replacing oil as an energy source is not easy since the world has adapted to the use of oil. Many machines run on oil energy, and changing them will require reconstruction of them. This is almost an impossible task, and the continued use of oil worsens the energy crisis the world is experiencing. These challenges are only bound to increase as documented at the End of Industrial Age. The consequences of development are almost similar in impact to the causes of development. For example, the End of Industrial Age states that the Industrial Revolution\’s effects were as challenging as its causes. The world should learn from history lessons on the importance of sustainability to mitigate decline in quality of life.