Crowded Planet: Readying for 10 Billion PeopleTuesday, May 1, 2012
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Bonin Bough, Vice President, Global Digital and Consumer Engagement, Kraft Foods
Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation
Edgard Habib, Chief Economist, Chevron
Myron Scholes, Nobel Laureate, 1997; Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business
According to UN projections, world population will cross the 10 billion mark late in this century. Does the planet have the resources to sustain a population of this size without denying billions an acceptable standard of living or doing great damage to the environment? Even if the resources are adequate to the job in theory, are markets and government institutions up to the challenge of preventing periodic food shortages in poor countries and managing the transition from fossil fuels to climate-friendly energy sources? How will megacities evolve to accommodate this kind of density? Experts in energy, agriculture and the environment - not to mention economics - will look down the road.