Henceforth I’m going to assume we’re rapidly running out of everything, especially the things we don’t think we’re running out of. That saves me from the usual burst of despair I feel when I first read things like this.
The shortage of helium has been talked about for a while. Are things really getting that urgent now?
Maybe in Europe there has been a conversation, but not in the US – and the US supplies nearly 80 per cent of the helium used in the world. The problem is that these supplies will run out in a mere 25 years, and the US government has a policy of selling helium at a ridiculously low price.