Can we have our cake and eat it too? Can we support a decent standard of living for the growing world population on a sustainable basis going forward?

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October 26, 2009 (All day)
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90-3122

Global population is expected to top 9 billion by 2050 with growing numbers of people aspiring to achieve high standards of living now enjoyed by a minority in the rich countries. The question in this context is, “Can we support a decent standard of living for the growing world population on a sustainable basis going forward?” Answering this question requires (1) a definition of what constitutes a “decent” standard of living and (2) can the required energy services be sustainably supplied? The short answer is that incremental improvements in energy efficiency will not suffice – fundamental changes in how energy is utilized and radical adjustments in lifestyles appear to be necessary. The seminar will describe on-going research to appear in a forthcoming book tentatively titled living smartly in the coming age of scarcity while exploring the implications of the work for policymakers who are defining longer term strategic direction for energy efficiency in California. For more information about this seminar, please contact: Ed Vine(510) 486-6047

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