Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news\u00a0items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.In Future Trends: Saving the Earth and defeating drug cartels\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, March 11th, 2016.To Stave Off Extinction, Protect Half-EarthIn his new book, Half-Earth, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson argues that we must set aside half the planet for nature.Via SciFriLegal marijuana causes Mexican drug cartel revenues to plummetMarijuana legalization may have accomplished what the War on Drugs has failed to do \u2014 put the squeeze on Mexican drug cartel activity.The U.S. Border Patrol has released 2015 data showing that the number of marijuana seizures throughout the southwest U.S.\/Mexico border has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the Washington Postreports.Mexican manufacturers of illegal marijuana bricks have driven down prices as residents in California, Colorado, and Washington state now have safe access to reasonably affordable medical marijuana and\/or recreational cannabis.\u201cTwo or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,\u201d a Mexican marijuana grower told NPR news in December 2014. \u201cBut now they\u2019re paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It\u2019s a big difference. If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they\u2019ll run us into the ground.\u201dVia SFGateChina cannot escape the economic reckoning that a debt binge bringsAt the end of 2015 the country\u2019s total debt reached about 240% of GDP. Private debt, at 200% of GDP, is only slightly lower than it was in Japan at the onset of its lost decades, in 1991, and well above the level in America on the eve of the financial crisis of 2007-08 (see chart). Sooner or later China will have to reduce this pile of debt. History suggests that the process of deleveraging will be painful, and not just for the Chinese.Via The EconomistCaleb Harper: This computer will grow your food in the futureWhat if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like.\u00a0 Via TEDEmotional TechnologyWhen we think of the future of technology, we often imagine gadgets that will make us go faster. But some of the truly exciting developments will be around gadgets that help us with the tricky aspects of our emotional lives.Via The School of LifeSee the last 4 week\u2019s Future Trends articles here:Future Trends: Urban Farm Pods, Home AI, and PostCapitalismFuture Trends: Facebook and Google go into Healthcare (as predicted)Future Trends: Smart Mosquitos, Microscopes, and Blood CellsFuture Trends: Gravitational Waves and Your 200th Year of Birth***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.