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Global megatrend update: 7 Intensified global competition for resources

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As they grow, economies tend to use more resources. While the rising living standards that drive these trends are unquestionably welcome, they create obvious risks. The world is a closed material system, implying finite limits on the amounts of resources available. Innovation plays a complex role in shaping the demand for and supply of resources. The impacts of intensifying global competition for resources will therefore depend greatly on whether technological development can be steered towards establishing more resource-efficient ways of meeting society's needs.

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  • EEA (European Environment Agency)
  • Published: 06 Dec 2013



This report is a update of "Global megatrend 7: Intensified global competition for resources" published in 2010

The EEA’s first assessment of global megatrends, published in 2010, analysed 11 relevant megatrends, summarising the links between megatrends and Europe's priority environmental challenges and reflecting on possible implications for policymaking.

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