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2050 predictions

2050 - The World in 2050 | 45% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed | Wildfires have tripled in some regions; air quality and visibility is declining | Smaller, faster, hi-tech automobiles | Major advances in air travel comfort | Continent-wide "supergrids" provide much of the world's energy needs | One in five Europeans is a Muslim.

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Earth Will Expire by 2050

Earth's population will be forced to colonise two planets within 50 years if natural resources continue to be exploited at the current rate, according to a report out this week. A study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to be released on Tuesday, warns that the human race is plundering the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life.

In a damning condemnation of Western society's high consumption levels, it adds that the extra planets (the equivalent size of Earth) will be required by the year 2050 as existing resources are exhausted.

The report, based on scientific data from across the world, reveals that more than a third of the natural world has been destroyed by humans over the past three decades.

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Main Role Players in Climate Change

The main players in the world today are the USA, China, Europe, India, Japan, Russia and Brazil (in that order*). China and India have such immense populations that - per capita - their incomes remain relatively low. Nevertheless, they now wield huge economic influence.

4 countries are yet to sign the Kyoto Protocol limiting CO2 – USA, Australia, Monaco and Liechtenstein.

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