Fate of the World goes on sale on Tuesday and has been praised by gaming experts and climate campaigners as a way of reaching new audiences in the fight against carbon emissions.
However, climate change sceptics may be surprised and angered by some of the strategies on offer in the game which is being released on PCs and Apple Macs.
Other more extreme policies are also available such as creating a disease to reduce the world\’s population
The thing is, over the long term, that wouldn\’t actually work. For as best we know, people actually decide how many children they want to have. That decision informed by how many children do you need to have in order to have a damn good chance of having grandchildren? As shorthand, having grandchildren is the Darwinian version of winning the game of life.
This is what is behind the clearly observable fact that as childhood and early mortality declines, the number of children people decide to have declines. So much so that declines in said mortality actually lead to, in the end, declines in total population.
One would assume therefore that if you raise child and early mortality through disease then you\’ll raise birth rates and thus population.
As to the grander matter, I do wonder where they got their economic and technical projections from? The IPCC I hope? Showing that globalisation wins against non-globalisation?