Empty Planet

Our editor, Douglas Pepper, kept us on the right track from start to finish; Empty Planet would have been a much lesser book without him. We slept well at night knowing that Tara Tovell copy-edited and proofread the manuscript.


Author: Darrell Bricker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472142948

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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**A SUNDAY TIMES MUST-READ** 'Riveting and vitally important' - Steven Pinker 'A gripping narrative of a world on the cusp of profound change' - Anjana Ahuja, New Statesman Empty Planet offers a radical, provocative argument that the global population will soon begin to decline, dramatically reshaping the social, political and economic landscape. For half a century, statisticians, pundits and politicians have warned that a burgeoning planetary population will soon overwhelm the earth's resources. But a growing number of experts are sounding a different kind of alarm. Rather than growing exponentially, they argue, the global population is headed for a steep decline. Throughout history, depopulation was the product of catastrophe: ice ages, plagues, the collapse of civilizations. This time, however, we're thinning ourselves deliberately, by choosing to have fewer babies than we need to replace ourselves. In much of the developed and developing world, that decline is already underway, as urbanisation, women's empowerment, and waning religiosity lead to smaller and smaller families. In Empty Planet, Ibbitson and Bricker travel from South Florida to Sao Paulo, Seoul to Nairobi, Brussels to Delhi to Beijing, drawing on a wealth of research and firsthand reporting to illustrate the dramatic consequences of this population decline - and to show us why the rest of the developing world will soon join in. They find that a smaller global population will bring with it a number of benefits: fewer workers will command higher wages; good jobs will prompt innovation; the environment will improve; the risk of famine will wane; and falling birthrates in the developing world will bring greater affluence and autonomy for women. But enormous disruption lies ahead, too. We can already see the effects in Europe and parts of Asia, as aging populations and worker shortages weaken the economy and impose crippling demands on healthcare and vital social services. There may be earth-shaking implications on a geopolitical scale as well. Empty Planet is a hugely important book for our times. Captivating and persuasive, it is a story about urbanisation, access to education and the empowerment of women to choose their own destinies. It is about the secularisation of societies and the vital role that immigration has to play in our futures. Rigorously researched and deeply compelling, Empty Planet offers a vision of a future that we can no longer prevent - but that we can shape, if we choose to.

Mysteries of the Universe and Planet Earth

and empty, so we cannot speculate. Scripture is silent here, but we can deduce from the text that this period of time took place before the first day began. Today's scientists have substantiated that the firmament was hazy and dark; ...


Author: Herman R. Habegger

Publisher: WestBowPress

ISBN: 9781490800196

Category: Science

Page: 142

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You will find in Herm Habegger’s book a challenge to your thinking about the Universe, and you will discover thoughts and facts which support faith in God the Creator. It is not often that someone will attempt to write such a treatise; but Herm has attacked this age old subject with thoughtful research and supporting material. It will allow you to study, think and draw your own conclusion as to the Author and Finisher of the Universe and Planet Earth. I encourage you to read and study Herman Habegger’s book! Dennis W. Dawes, FACHE Retired President/CEO Hendricks Regional Health Herman has written a gem of a book! He shows us, non-Christians and Christians alike, that we have nothing to fear from the Bible AND Science. They, in fact, complement each other in our understanding of the world in which we live, and how it was formed. Our universe, Planet Earth and all living things have and are constantly changing. They are evolving according to God the Creator’s divine plan and nothing in science has disproved it, nor will. Through Science, the unfathomable complexity and magnificence is manifested. COL Charles Allen Holt, D.O., FAAFP Board-certified, Family Practice physician University of Kansas, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Herman Habegger’s work serves as a worthy introduction to some of the amazing marvels of our complex universe from the unfathomable vastness of the cosmos down to the subatomic level of the Higgs boson or “God particle.” The reader will come to appreciate our planet’s uniqueness and fine-tuning for the support of life, the advent of life from the irreducible complexity of the genetic code and other cell components working together, giving glory to the Creator. The elegantly designed structures of life forms, especially those of humans, are examples of divine engineering that are incontrovertible evidence for purposeful creation by God. Brian D. Clarke, M.D. Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Indiana University School of Medicine

Integral Ecology for a More Sustainable World

Some critics argue that the UN's population projections are too high, and that Earth will soon face a “population bust,” not a population bomb. In one recent book, entitled Empty Planet (2019), Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, ...


Author: Dennis O'Hara


ISBN: 9781498580069


Page: 424

View: 349

Laudato Si' insists on a revolutionary human response to the public challenges of our time concerning the ecological crisis. The volume takes up the revolutionary spirit of Pope Francis and speaks to the economic, technological, political, educational, and religious changes needed to overcome the fragile relationships between humans and Earth. This volume identifies various systemic factors that have produced the anthropogenic ecological crisis that threatens the planet and uses the ethical vision of Laudato Si' to promote practical responses that foster fundamental changes in humanity's relationships with Earth and each other. The essays address not only the immediate behavioral changes needed in individual human lives, but also the deeper, societal changes required if human communities are to live sustainable lives within Earth's integral ecology. Thus, this volume intentionally focuses on a plurality of cultural contexts and proposes solutions to problems encountered in a variety of global contexts. Accordingly, the contributors to this volume are scholars from a breadth of interdisciplinary and cultural backgrounds, each exploring an ethical theme from the encyclical and proposing systemic changes to address deeply entrenched injustices. Collectively, their essays examine the social, political, economic, gender, scientific, technological, educational, and spiritual challenges of our time as these relate to the ecological crisis.

The Final Testaments

empty universe adamantly continued to scheme and hope for alternative salvation or eventual breakthrough and prosperity ... Of course, Earth was not the only formless and empty planet in the universe before the so-called creation, ...


Author: Uche Ephraim Chuku

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440120756

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Lost children can return home safely if they possess critical information: their names, their parents' names, and their parents' correct address. Captive human spirits face a more monumental task since they animate human beings in the material universe, incapacitated by the fall from eternal glory of perfection. As humans, we often give too much of our attention to mundane daily life, forgetting our Father's name and where he dwells. Worst of all, many times, we do not even realize we are lost. Captive human spirits desiring spiritual salvation must first realize they are lost before they can rediscover their true selves. If they don't know where they came from, they cannot ask to return. They must seek and find a genuine guide and friend who can help direct them along the right pathway. Jesus Christ is the Father's sole redeemer for all the lost spirits in the universe. He has the divine mandate of our heavenly Father, and he is ready to help all who seek help concerning the stark realities of the material world. We all live the story of the prodigal son and should choose to return to the true God through Jesus Christ.


Fortunately for the 'rejects' and those worrying how to dispose of them, there was an empty planet, or a planet that could be made empty, or could be viewed, treated and used as if it were empty. A planet with enough empty spaces on ...


Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745634029

Category: History

Page: 152

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Recoge: 1. An adventure called "Europe" - 2. In the empire's shadow - 3. From social state to security state - 4. Towards a world hospitable to Europe.

The Tale of the Twin Planets

It was silly to think that they could land on an empty planet. They would not be able to survive. But somehow, for reasons they could not explain, they_____ were drawn to that yellow planet. As the moon of the blue planet came into view ...


Author: Janna L. Ruck

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781984553607

Category: Fiction

Page: 234

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Professor Nicholas claims to be a man of science, but that might change after he and his wife take their five adopted children (A.J., Adam, Rachel, Allison and Cinnamon) on a trip into outer-space. The space traveler’s journey takes them to two distant planets. One of the planets is yellow and the other one looks much like Earth. The five children and Mrs. Nicholas can’t explain it, but they feel strangely drawn to the yellow planet. To their amazement the yellow planet draws their ship the Star Clipper towards it. After landing on that yellow planet, the Professor, his wife and children are soon caught up in an adventure. Part of this adventure takes place on the yellow planet which they learn is named Willow Weath. The other part of their adventure leads them to the earth-like planet. It is known as Tellus. Both planets are involved in a crisis. Nomis, the Head Servant on Willow Weath, is the one who sends the visitors and three helpers (Brandon, Anissa and Ann) to Tellus. While the adventurers are there, they find out just how serious the situation is. During their time on Tellus the travelers out run the agents of the evil Queen Ragnus onboard the submarine Dawn Star. The Nicholas’ then return to Willow Weath where they and the three helpers set out on a quest. Along the way they learn how the Trio: Sum, Crio and The Rider on the Clouds are always with them. However, as the family proceeds down the trail a foul being known as Mr. Furis tries his best to convince them otherwise. While on Willow Weath the adventurers stay in a tree castle. They also travel through an enchanted forest, a quarrelsome village, a dreary desert, a dark terrifying valley, fight a fierce battle, and climb a lofty peak. Along the path, the earthlings meet many people and learn many lessons. Are they the fulfillment of The Prophecy of The Seven, will they be successful in delivering the Mourning Stone to its proper home?

The Science and Technology of Growing Young

18 Without longevity, we may become an empty planet indeed. With it, we will certainly become a planet of elders. For the first time in known history, there are more people over sixtyfive than under five in the world.19 This is a trend ...


Author: Sergey Young

Publisher: BenBella Books

ISBN: 9781953295392

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 210

View: 579

Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller The prospect of living to 200 years old isn’t science fiction anymore. A leader in the emerging field of longevity offers his perspective on what cutting-edge breakthroughs are on the horizon, as well as the practical steps we can take now to live healthily to 100 and beyond. In The Science and Technology of Growing Young, industry investor and insider Sergey Young demystifies the longevity landscape, cutting through the hype and showing readers what they can do now to live better for longer, and offering a look into the exciting possibilities that await us. By viewing aging as a condition that can be cured, we can dramatically revolutionize the field of longevity and make it accessible for everyone. Join Sergey as he gathers insights from world-leading health entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, and inventors, providing a comprehensive look into the future of longevity in two horizons: • The Near Horizon of Longevity identifies the technological developments that will allow us to live to 150—some of which are already in use—from AI-based diagnostics to gene editing and organ regeneration. • The Far Horizon of Longevity offers a tour of the future of age reversal, and the exciting technologies that will allow us to live healthily to 200, from Internet of Bodies to digital avatars to AI-brain integration. In a bonus chapter, Sergey also showcases 10 longevity choices that we already know and can easily implement to live to 100, distilling the science behind diet, exercise, sleep, mental health, and our environments into attainable habits and lifestyle hacks that anyone can adopt to vastly improve their lives and workplaces. Combining practical advice with an incredible overview of the brave new world to come, The Science and Technology of Growing Young redefines what it means to be human and to grow young.

The Last Space Ship

The fleet of Ades had bombed the empty planet, to be sure, but in a quite unprecedented fashion. They had simply dropped small round cases containing apparatus which was very easily made and to which not even the most conscientious of ...


Author: Murray Leinster

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473227293

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 864

Put yourself in the place of Kim Rendall, a handsome, idealistic young man living on a distant planet ruled by a super-efficient government. Here is industrialization carried to its illogical conclusion. Kim Rendall lives in the shadow of mechanized terror, for machines have taken over, and the disciplinary circuit keeps the inhabitants in check . . .

1999 A Space Odyssey

Interestingly, even though we know little of the back story about the settlers on Altair IV, they think they are going to an empty planet, but the threat that caused the Krell extinction is still there, and that is why it is empty.


Author: John K Balor

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781387937073

Category: History

Page: 742

View: 388

Part of the premise of the online discussion transcribed in this book is how Gerry AndersonÕs television series ÒSpace: 1999Ó can be understood in relation to Stanley KubrickÕs Ò2001: A Space OdysseyÓ by looking at both narratives through the perspective of systems theory. As a result of doing so, an engaged debate concerned with the political and philosophical subtext of both stories developed. This book gives a full account of the debate with summaries of ideas and insights. The book has been developed on an idealistic basis. It is sold at the lowest price the publisher was willing to accept. A free e-book version can be downloaded at www.lulu.com.


The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It's Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives Danny Dorling ... David Goodheart, “Review: Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson—What a ...


Author: Danny Dorling

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300252408

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 528

The end of our high-growth world was underway well before COVID-19 arrived. In this powerful and timely argument, Danny Dorling demonstrates the benefits of a larger, ongoing societal slowdownDrawing from an incredibly rich trove of global data, this groundbreaking book reveals that human progress has been slowing down since the early 1970s. Danny Dorling uses compelling visualizations to illustrate how fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, and even the frequency of new social movements have all steadily declined over the last few generations.Perhaps most surprising of all is the fact that even as new technologies frequently reshape our everyday lives and are widely believed to be propelling our civilization into new and uncharted waters, the rate of technological progress is also rapidly dropping. Rather than lament this turn of events, Dorling embraces it as a moment of promise and a move toward stability, and he notes that many of the older great strides in progress that have defined recent history also brought with them widespread warfare, divided societies, and massive inequality.