October 13, 2011

Resource Competition Fueling Insecurity

Oxford Research Group, Oxford Research Group

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By 2050, the global population is expected to peak at 9 billion. In an environment already constrained and changed by human activities, we can expect greater scarcity of three resources vital to the maintenance of both the economic order as it now stands, and the preservation of human life in general: Energy, water and food. At current population levels, demand for some key resources is already unsustainable. As the number of people on the planet and the number of people living “affluent” lifestyles increases, and factoring in the effects of climate change, greater competition over resources is highly probable – affecting individuals, communities and states.

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