Ahead of the Herd on Exploding Copper Consumption
by Rick Mills, Ahead of the Herd, via Outsider Club:
Until roughly 12,000 years ago – at least 90 percent of our history – we humans eked out a living by hunting and gathering. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors were replaced by farmers and herders who crowded into villages following the invention of agriculture.
Over the last 200 years a major resettlement pattern has emerged:
- In 1800 only about 2 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas
- In 1950, 30 percent of the world population was urban
- In 2000, 47 percent of the world population was urban
- Today, 53 percent of the world’s population is considered urban
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