2030: A Perfect Storm of Food, Water and Energy Shortages?

Alex Emerson, US Infrastructure: The world’s population is growing, food supplies are diminishing, water supplies are becoming more scarce, the ice caps are melting, prices are rising. Things one could argue, are looking bleak — and it looks like they’ll be looking bleaker.

According to Sir John Beddington, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, all these factors will come together to form a ‘perfect storm’ disaster in the year 2030.

In 21 years time, the world’s population will have increased by a third, rising to 8 billion people. In response, demand for food will increase by 50 percent, water by 30 percent and energy by 50 percent. All these factors will come together to create a problem much more serious than the sum of its parts.

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