China has become the world’s leading billionaire factory, producing more new billionaires in 2014 than any other country. But the powerful billionaires who run China do not want to live there.
The more income and wealth concentrate at our global economic summit, the greater the strain on our increasingly fragile biosphere. Environmentalists the world over, analysts and activists alike, get that connection. Now our societies must. Or suffer the consequences.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be able to show the link between inequality and catastrophic environmental change. But a little help from rocket scientists can certainly help. A new NASA-funded effort explores what the future may have in store for our unequal world.
We already have the technology necessary to attain a decent, sustainable lifestyle — technology that can create more and better jobs.