The Future of Earth

future of earth

What is the future of Earth? What will the Earth look like in 2100? Will there be abundance or shortages of Earth's natural resources? What role will technology play in Earth's future? How will the choices we make today affect the future of Earth?


Global Warming

Global warming

Scientists all over the world agree that humans are the cause of global warming and that it could have catastrophic effects. It is important for all countries to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to limit the future effects of global warming.

As a society, we must break our dependency on fuels that cause pollution by supporting clean, renewable energy sources. Each of us can slow global warming by reducing our carbon footprint and the pollution we produce as individuals every day.

Global Warming


The Doomsday Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or the Doomsday Vault as the media have dubbed it, is a shining example of people looking towards the future, considering what could happen, then preparing for the worst case scenario.

Arctic Seed Vault


Controlling the Weather

weather control satellite shooting laser at eye of large hurricane

New satellites, computers and high tech measuring equipment are helping scientists and researchers learn more about the weather patterns of the earth. By mid century you can expect more accurate weather predictions and eventually, controlling the weather itself. 

Weather Prediction and Control


Vertical Farming

A vertical farm, 20 stories high and the size of a city block, would have the capacity to grow enough organic vegetables to supply a whole town.  There are plenty of positives. 24/7 crop production, no crop failures from  droughts, floods or pests.

The problem? The estimated cost of developing and maintaining such large scale urban agriculture, with its massive artificial lighting and hydroponic systems, puts the price of vertical farm produced tomatoes at around $7(USD) each.


escalator with greenery on all sides

Obstacles to vertical farming could be overcome by technology. Vertical farms may be a good application for metamaterials, the new stuff scientists are creating that can bend light. Advances in solar cell technology, lighting, fiber optics, building materials and biotechnology could also make vertical farms more viable.


floating clear globe with farm inside

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Vertical farms appear to be a practical solution to the growing demand for food and farmland.

More information on vertical farming:

Vertical indoor farm at the West Louisville FoodPort

Greenery at height

School and rooftop farm next to parent's factory

Smart Floating Farms Project

Architects envisions Vertical City for the Middle East

Large Scale Urban Agriculture

Could vertical farming be the future?

Food, Fuel and Farming: the Sky's the Limit

Agriculture In The Urban Landscape


Sky Farm Proposed for Downtown Toronto

Migrating Floating Gardens

Vertical farming in the big Apple

Bosco Verticale: the world's first vertical forest



Our Future Water Supply

weather control satellite shooting laser at eye of large hurricane

In the future, global warming and increased population could cause water shortages. Even today, there are millions of people that do not have access to clean water. Can technology help provide the world with fresh, abundant water?

The Future of Water on Earth


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About Jack Hanson

Jack Hanson

Jack is not your typical future technology blogger. As an early baby boomer, he's lost a bit of his bang. Not intending to be cruel, Facebook recently notified him that his schoolmates at General Equivalency Diploma, really want to be friends again. His yearly income averages just above his monthly urges. In spite of that, or because of it, Jack has a lust for living, a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to contribute to a better future for all.


A nerdy social misfit with a head full of phobias and a quirky sense of humor, his personality has been described as "Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory--without the genious part."


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