Will you see the sun in 2055?
Posted by Pia på torsdag 28 februari 2008
On of the most pessimistic predictions of what we will say in 2055 is Max’ answer: I can’t believe that 50 years ago, in 2005, we could still see the sun. I thought about this today as February this year in Finland was the warmest in 100 years, on average six degrees warmer than normal. And since I just read that air pollution in combination with extreme weather events already is responsible for 22,000 people killed a year. That’s a lot.
In 2055, we will, according to the UN, look back at the year 2005 as the days when less than half of the people on Earth lived in cities. Then 6.4 billion, out of the world’s total of 9.2 billion, are supposed to be city-dwellers. By 2025 there are supposed to be 27 megacities, with 10 million or more people. Maybe Max means people in one of these cities won’t see the sun? Unless we come up with a good way of ending pollution, I can’t imagine you can see much of the sun in a Tokyo with 36 million inhabitants, as it is expected to have already by 2025.