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Zero Sum World? How Should the West Respond to the Growing Competition for Natural Resources?

2/15/2012 | German House New York

Zero Sum World? How Should the West Respond to the Growing Competition for Natural Resources?

This discussion addressed the heightened demand for and increasing scarcity of global natural resources.

The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by the middle of the century and as the population grows, the demand for natural resources will continue to increase. In order to maintain the well-being of people, environmental sustainability, and global economic growth, new approaches to the protection and distribution of the earth’s limited natural resources are necessary. On February 15, at the GCRI, Raimund Bleischwitz and David Humphreys discussed German and European strategies on raw materials and resource efficiency as well as China’s impact on resource markets, and what that impact means for society. Marc Levy moderated. GCRI Director Joann Halpern and Michael Göring, CEO of the foundation ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, gave the opening remarks.

The event was jointly organized by the German Center for Research and Innovation, American Friends of Bucerius Law School, and the Transatlantic Academy.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Raimund Bleischwitz

      Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy

    • David Humphreys

      Bosch Public Policy Fellow, Transatlantic Academy

    • Marc Levy (Moderator)

      Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Earth Institute, Columbia University