The Earth in 2050: What Is the Stress Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water?

By the year 2050, Earth will be home to more than nine billion people—an increase of more than two billion over today’s current population. Concerns are escalating about the planet’s finite resources and the increasing pressures they will be placed under by a growing, aging, and more affluent population in the coming decades. When we examine what needs to be done to address the gap between available resources and the growing demand for energy, it becomes clear that the drivers of the world’s energy challenges are the same drivers of our environmental and economic challenges. What is the “stress nexus,” and what opportunities are there to address this challenge?

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