As a speculative fiction writer, I’m always on the look out for news stories that illuminate trends impacting the future. I’m not just talking about advances in technology, but also political and social choices with far-reaching ramifications. The reason? Often, speculative fiction can serve as a warning of how the world might become based on our actions now and possibly initiate positive change.
A recent interactive graphic from GE puts a timeline on the world’s remaining known fossil fuel reserves, plus shows their location (individual blocks indicate countries and relative amounts). It doesn’t take an author to think up a few dire scenarios of what the future might look like in 30 years if things remain unchanged.
So, what do you think the world will look like in 30 years in regards to fossil fuels?