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2030: The “Perfect Storm” Scenario

Author: Population Institute
Organisation: Population Institute
Publish Date: June 2013
Country: Global
Sector: Agriculture
Method: Forecasting
Theme: Sustainability
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Climate change, Population growth, Scarce resources, Human aspirations, Urbanisation, Biofuels

The Population Institute today offers a cautionary glimpse into the future with the publication of 2030: The “Perfect Storm” Scenario. Designed for use in the classroom, as well as for use by policymakers, experts, and academicians, the scenario raises important questions about the implications of global inaction on population, climate, food, energy, and water. John Beddington, England’s chief scientific advisor, last year delivered a major speech in which he warned that the world could be facing a “perfect storm” by the year 2030, unless more is done to address the challenges posed by climate change, population growth, and the rising demand for food, energy, and water. The scenario being released today by the Population Institute takes a closer look at what kinds of damage could be inflicted by Beddington’s “perfect storm.” Robert J. Walker, Executive Vice President, emphasized that the scenario is “neither a worst case, nor a best case scenario. It’s just a look at what might happen if we don’t change course.” The scenario contains a brief discussion guide designed for use in conferences and classrooms. “Everyone should be talking about the challenges outlined in this scenario,” Walker said. “It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see that a catastrophe could develop if we don’t get more serious about climate change, population growth, and the growing demand for scarce resources. It’s like watching a train-wreck in very slow motion.”
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