population growth

Chinese Policies Aim to Increase Energy Efficiency in Buildings

November 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Building Efficiency

From 1998 to 2012, the energy consumption of buildings in China grew by about 7.7% per year, much faster than China's average annual population increase, which was less than 1% per year. This growth was driven by growing incomes and modernization that significantly increased the use of electricity.[read more]

Meeting the Challenges of a Sustainable Energy Future

February 18, 2015 by Maarten Wetselaar

As the world’s population increases and economic growth leads to a rising middle-class, there will be a greater desire for products and lifestyles with one thing in common: they require energy. In fact, the increase in population and prosperity is going to lead energy demand being 37% higher in 2040.[read more]

India Must Spend $250B by 2019 to Meet Its Power Needs

November 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

India Future Energy Needs

If India is going to provide power to its more than 1 billion people over the next five years, it will need to invest about $250 billion during that time. The country’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, noted that most of the money would need to come from the private sector.[read more]

How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

October 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jacob Sandry

Mexico and Solar

In Mexico a growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year. Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions


In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

December 4, 2013 by Justin Guay

Infrastructure and Energy

While it could potentially be clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the real barrier to ramping up efforts to finally move 1.3 billion people around the whole world from darkness to light.[read more]

Rising Energy Costs Lead to Recession; Eventually Collapse

October 25, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Population Growth and Energy

How does the world reach limits? This is a question that few dare to examine. My analysis suggests that these limits will come in a very different way than most have expected–through financial stress that ultimately relates to rising unit energy costs.[read more]

Population Growth: Addressing the Real Problem

October 3, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Population Growth

Getting people to produce fewer babies - they already are - is a far less important challenge than getting them to consume and produce energy more rationally. It is time we worried more about rich people driving luxury cars than poor people having more babies.[read more]

Population Growth: Malthus Rolls Over

July 7, 2013 by Sieren Ernst

Oxford Computer Science Professor Steven Emmott published an excerpt of his book, 'Ten Billion.' His excerpt breaks all of the rules about communication on environmental issues. It uniformly grim and offers no solutions.[read more]

Population Growth and Pollution: the Facts Continue to be Ignored

July 2, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Population Growth

Population growth is often referred to as the elephant in the room, but the facts indicate that the population bomb is being defused, and that continued worries are a deflection of the cause of a problem away from those who have caused it.[read more]

What Would it Take to Get to a Steady State Economy?

May 17, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

We seem to be headed for collapse, because humans’ growth is so far out of line in relationship to that of other species. In addition, there are many other limits, including the cost of oil extraction and availability of fresh water.[read more]

The Price of Ignoring Energy Innovation

May 16, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

what of future energy needs?


If carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are to stop increasing, then nearly all of oue future energy consumption must come from technologies that produce zero emissions.[read more]

Reaching Energy Limits in a Finite World

May 7, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Our financial system has been built assuming that economic growth will continue indefinitely. There is significant risk that the recessionary influences of high oil costs will bring down the current economy.[read more]

How Energy Shapes the Economy

September 4, 2012 by Gail Tverberg

Researchers have found an extremely important role for energy. The relationship they have found relates to any species, not just to homo sapiens. Ecologists often talk about the existence of a natural cycle between predators and prey. The predators eat the prey that is available, but in time, the predators drop in number, as less food becomes available.[read more]