The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resource

Michael T. Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion that encompasses shortages of coal and natural gas, copper and cobalt, water, and arable land. With all of the Earth's habitable areas already in use, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers. With resource extraction growing more complex, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe. This frenzy of extreme exploration and acquisition carries grave consequences. At the same time, the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new border disputes, raising the likelihood of military confrontation. As the world grapples with increasingly scarce resources, how do we peacefully supply a burgeoning global population? Come hear Michael Klare discuss what the race for resources means for our future and what can be done to ensure that the world population has peaceful access to the resources it needs.

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