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Climate and Energy

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The growth of population, which results in an increase of land, food and energy demand, has led to the current climate problem.
The situation is critical because we depend on fossil fuels for 81% of the energy we use and every year we consume the reserves that nature has stored underground in about 1000 years. For the future, the situation will worsen because of desirable increase of poor countries welfare and because, by the end of the century, the Earth will reach 12 billion inhabitants (we were 1 billion in 1800). The demand for food and energy will therefore double, in the next thirty years and probably triple by the end of the century. Despite the great development of renewables, fossil fuels remains the first source of energy for many decades.
Something can be done to reduce the damage we are doing to our planet and we will discuss some of the possible solutions.