8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like | WIRED

8 CITIES THAT SHOW YOU WHAT THE FUTURE WILL LOOK LIKECITIES USED TO grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable resource or the confluence of two transport routes. But what happened next was ad hoc. The people who worked in the fort or the mines or the port or the warehouses needed places to eat, to sleep, to worship. Infrastructure threaded through the hustle and bustle—water, sewage, roads, trolleys, gas, electricity—in vast networks of improvisation. You can find planned exceptions: Alexandria, Roman colonial towns, certain districts in major Chinese cities, Haussmann’s Paris. But for the most part it was happenstance, luck, and layering the new on top of the old.Subscribe to WIRED At least, that’s the way things worked for most of human history. But around the second decade of the 20th century, things changed. Cities started to happen on purpose.

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Will some countries be 100% renewable by 2030? – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

Size now matters: in a single human lifetime we have become a big world on a small planet.This simple fact is as profound as Copernicus’s conclusion that the Earth revolves around the sun or Darwin’s evolution by natural selection. A crucial difference though, is that the need to act on this information – as global citizens and as world leaders – has become critical.Moreover, this fact means our economic schools of thought, from Marxism to neoliberalism and everything in between, are obsolete.  Given this knowledge, perhaps future economists will view their followers as no wiser than the medieval academics who counted angels on pinheads. We have built our global economic logic on the assumption that our planet is endless and can deliver natural capital for free and take abuse – such as abrupt climate change and mass-extinction of species – without sending any invoices back to the economy. A reasonable assumption until two decades ago. Not any longer. Now we have ample scientific evidence that we are hitting the ceiling of our planet’s capacity to support world development, without triggering extreme shocks, such as droughts, floods and heatwaves.

Source: Will some countries be 100% renewable by 2030? – Agenda – The World Economic Forum