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9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?

This discussion explores the promise and perils of thenext 50 years. Can humanity, heading toward a population of approximatley 9 billion, advance economically without overheating the planet? Can food and water supplies be sustained without erasing what's left of wild nature?
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  • Andrew Revkin, Environment Reporter

  • New York Times
  • Mr. Revkin has been reporting on the environment for The New York Times since 1995. In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the North Pole. He is the author of several books, and writes a blog, "Dot Earth", about efforts to balance human affairs with the planet's limits.
  • Vaclav Smil, Author and Distinguished Professor

  • University of Manitoba
  • Vaclav Smil is the author of 30 books, most recently "The Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years." His interdisciplinary research encompasses energy, environment, food, population, economics, history and public policy studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has lectured widely in North America, Europe and Asia.
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