2052 : A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years

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We know what we want the world to be like in forty years. We know what the world could be like in forty years if we all did what needs to be done to create a more sustainable future. But what do we know about what the world will actually be like in forty years? Drawing on global forecasting tools, his own experience in the sutatinability arena, and the predictions - included in the book - of more than thirty leading scientists, economists, futurists and other thinkers, Jorgen Randers guides us through the future he feels is most likely to emerge. He examines matters such as:

How many people will the planet need to support?
Will there be enough food and energy?
Will youth revolt under the debt and pension burden of the old?
Which nations will prosper and which will suffer?
Will the race toward renewables succeed?
Will the belief in endless growth crumble?
How will megacities evolve and human communication change?
Will the shift to Chinese economic superiority be peaceful?
Will runaway climate change have taken hold?

These are just a few of the questions he deftly probes, and there are some surprising answers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 27.18mm | 635.03g
  • White River Junction, United States
  • English
  • Black and White Illustrations
  • 1603584218
  • 9781603584210
  • 71,794

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'It provides an extraordinarily comprehensive survey of every aspect of sustainable development - economic, social, environmental and political - that you can imagine.' -- Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future "The conclusion of 2052 is strikingly similar to that in Limits to Growth - the world will `overshoot and collapse'. It is very difficult to disagree wth this analysis when, for example, one looks a the glacial pace of change in international negotiations to stop climate chaos... Here at Friends of the Earth we have not given up hope. And, as is clear from reading 2052, organisations like ours are needed more than ever." -- Mike Childs, * Friends of the Earth blog *
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About Jorgen Randers

Jorgen Randers is professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, where he works on climate issues and scenario analysis. He was previously president of BI and deputy directory general of WWF International in Switzerland. He lectures internationally on sustainable development and especially climate, and is a non-executive member of several corporate boards.
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