I have to admire people like you, who believe in future tech rather than human nature. If the base needs aren't met, how the fuck are we supposed to build a solar empire?
You cannot use all soil as arable land. There's a reason we don't grow wheat in the desert.
More forest is cut down/lost to fire annually than can be reasonably replanted currently. Plus, growing trees takes time--quite a lot of time, too.
Ever heard of dredge fishing? I'd say we're making too much use of the ocean already. And, if you're referring to the hidden resources in the depths, large-scale ocean mining is not economically feasible. Not to mention the loss of ocean life that such operations would result in.
Also, if your solution to resource shortages in future is to crack open the planet like an egg, then good fucking luck to you and your generation. You're going to need it.
This is from 2020, and no, the trends were not reversed. Resource consumption continues to climb unabated. Looking forward to the day we're running out of copper.
That doesn't mean we're going to run out of resources tomorrow as global resource stock analysis is naturally based on estimates and doesn't take into account investment and further exploitation, but the numbers should be worrisome nonetheless.
You're right, though, certainly the generation of many ideas and few solutions is going to save the planet. Can't wait.