ISN Quiz: Surviving the Coming Scarcity

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Surviving the Coming Scarcity

Middle-class consumption patterns place additional stress on already diminishing resources, photo: Daniel Kulinski/flickr

The world appears to be in the midst of transitioning from a planet of relative surplus to one of scarcity. This week the ISN examines what happens when ever-more acute resource limitations meet unsustainable consumption patterns.

This ISN Special Report contains the following content:

  • An Analysis by Vivian Brailey Fritschi about what happens when ever-more acute resource constraints collide with the entrance of new, insatiable consumers.
  • A Podcast interview with Stefan Giljum from the Sustainable Europe Research Institute on the unique challenge of non-renewable resources running out..
  • Security Watch articles about resource conflicts from Africa to the Middle East.
  • Publications housed in our Digital Library, including the Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung on ‘The Geopolitical Dimension of Resource Scarcity’.
  • Primary Resources, like the full-text of UN Security Council Resolutions on natural resource depletion as a threat to international peace and security.
  • Links to relevant websites, such as the Oxford Research Group’s Sustainable Security website, which provides the latest news, comment, analysis and research relating to threats to global security and sustainable responses to those threats.
  • Our IR Directory, featuring the Global Footprint Network, an international think tank working to advance sustainability through use of the ecological footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use and who uses what.

Our Holiday Breather

Our Christmas socks
Our Christmas socks

It’s the midst of holiday time, a time when those of us partaking of the festivities enjoy the fruits of the holiday season. It’s also the time when we, hopefully, consider the ripple effects of our consumption.

ISN Security Watch examines the effects of scarcity and abundance with three articles. In Reaping What Children Sow Julianne Geiger and Jen Alic research the path that your new outfit may have taken to reach your closet. Vivian Fritschi reviews reports suggesting that global actors will move in on dwindling resources in Rattling the Resource Chain, and Emilie Boillat says that because of gains made in technology, too much information may actually be a good thing, in A Feast of Abundance.

Please note that we are on a publishing break until 5 January.

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.