The World in 2050, and the Nations of the Arctic Rim

The World in 2050, a talk by Professor Laurence C. Smith. A UCLA Profesor of Geography, here is Smith’s message:

The world’s population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, our environment is degrading, and the costs of resources from oil to water are going nowhere but up. The result of Smith’s grand “thought experiment” is both good news and bad: Eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly prosperous, powerful, and politically stable, while those closer to the equator will face water shortages, aging populations, and crowded megacities sapped by the rising costs of energy and coastal flooding.

The World in 2050: Professor Laurence C. Smith from DANGEROUS MINDS on Vimeo.