Three years ago, shortly before Obama announced his candidacy to president of the U.S., I wrote down my three global scenarios for the future of humanity. I was inspired by the similarly ambitious but more lavishly funded and less humorous efforts of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Global Scenario Group. My two more likely scenarios were the Business as Usual and the Business as Usual.
Yes, both had the same name. In one of them the ruling politicians employed the sustainability rhetoric, at least initially. Otherwise it was just like the other.