Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 21, 2017

Predictions of life in 100 years time – Word formation

WORD FORMATION

 

In 2012  BBC readers were asked about their predictions of life in 100 years time. Many of them wrote in with their  vision of the world in 2112.

Here is what futurologists Ian Pearson (IP) and Patrick Tucker (PT) thought of two of their ideas.

Oceans will be 0)  ________________ (EXTENT) farmed and not just for fish.

IP: Likelihood 10/10.

We will need to feed 10 billion people and nature can’t keep up with demand, so we will need much more ocean farming for fish. But algae farming is also on the way for 1) _______________ (RENEW) energy, and maybe even for 2) _______________ (GROW)  of feedstock (raw materials) or resource extraction via GM seaweed or algae.

PT: Good chance.

According to Dennis Bushnell, chief 3) _______________ (SCIENCE) at the NASA Langley Research Center, saltwater algae that’s been 4) _______________ (GENE)  modified to absorb more nitrogen from the air than conventional algae could free up to 68% of the freshwater that is now tied up in conventional agriculture. This water could go to 5) _______________ (THIRST)  populations.

 

Antarctica will be “open for business”

IP: Likelihood 8/10.

The area seems worth keeping as a natural 6) _______________ (WILD)  so I am hesitant here, but I do expect that pressure will eventually mean that some large areas will be used 7) _______________ (COMMERCE)  for resources. It should be possible to do so without damaging nature there if the technology is good enough, and this will probably be a condition of 8) _______________ (EXPLORE)  rights.

PT: Pretty close.

Before there is a rush to develop Antarctica we will most likely see a full-scale rush to develop the Arctic. Whether the Arctic states tighten control over the region’s resources, or find equitable and 9) _______________ (SUSTAIN) ways to share them will be a major political challenge in the decades ahead. 10) _______________ (SUCCESS)  development of the Arctic portends well for the development of Antarctica.

Adapted from: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16536598

 

 

KEY

 

0. EXTENSIVELY

  1. GROWTH
  2. RENEWABLE
  3. SCIENTISTS
  4. GENETICALLY
  5. THIRSTY
  6. WILDERNESS
  7. COMMERCIALLY
  8. EXPLORATION
  9. SUSTAINABLE
  10. SUCCESSFUL
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