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How 2 Scientists Youve Never Heard Of Redesigned Our Planet

There will be 10 billion people on Earth. Or at least that is the estimate. Appears to be a landmark, right? Well IT TOTALLY IS. . .assuming we harvest 50% more food than we are now, to feed those people. Oh and 4.5 billion people will probably be short on fresh drinking water by 2025, 1.2 billion people are short on electricity right now, and global temperatures are just about to rise a level Fahrenheit or two (or 8.1, turning the majority of the world into a desert). So. . .where do we proceed from here, Earth?

Well on this week’s installment of this Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with science/history/everything author Charles C. Mann. They’ll explore the lifestyles of Norman Borlaug & William Vogt, the title “characters” of Mr. Mann’s new publication The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Spectacular Researchers and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World. We’ll also uncover photosynthesis’s stupidity, nail down climate change’s branding, and look back on hundreds of years of human self that indicate we might just make it to 10 billion if we pull it all together.

Footnotes:

The Wizard and the Prophet: The two Notable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles C. Mann

Drought-Stricken Cape Town Braces For Water To Run Out In April (NPR)

Norman Borlaug (Nobel Peace Prize bio page)

William Vogt (Wikipedia)

Lynn Margulis, 1938-2011 (obituary in Nature)

Fritz Haber’s Experiments in Life and Death (Smithsonian Magazine)

The Book Which Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation (Smithsonian Magazine)

The Great Oxygenation Event: Earth’s first mass extinction. (Slate/Bad Astronomy)

RuBisCO (Wikipedia)

The Path in C3 to C4 Photosynthesis (American Society of Plant Biologists)

“Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” by J.K. Rowling (Pottermore)

Cuyahoga River Fire (Cleveland Ancient)

1491 by Charles C. Mann

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