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WHAT'S NEXT?: The world is depleting its natural resources at an alarming rate due to population growth and over consumption. Increased competition for ever-diminishing food and water resources may amplify socio-economically motivated armed conflicts and causing quests for more efficient resources on and beyond Planet Earth.

  • [New] In Somalia, a long-running political crisis surged again, risking renewed confrontation between security forces in Mogadishu and the drawing of resources away from the fight against al Shabaab. Critical Threats
  • [New] The resource and waste sector will sit at the heart of a post-pandemic green recovery and will play a critical role in helping to achieve the UK government's ambitious environmental targets in years to come.
  • [New] According to Drive Sustainability's recent study on automotive and electronic industry supply chains, materials mass-processed in China, such as zinc, may be contributing to pollution in surrounding water resources, soils and crops of local communities and pose serious health hazards there. ETF Trends
  • [New] China too, is now looking to exploit the Western pull-out of Afghanistan with some observers noting that a deal with the Taliban could unlock natural resources for Beijing. Royal Aeronautical Society
  • [New] By engaging the resources of the entire society, Finland strives to prevent the use of military force or threats of military force against itself. bitstream
  • [New] Located in the Bedout Sub-basin, offshore Western Australia, Dorado is an integrated oil and gas project which is expected to have an initial oil production of 75,000 to 100,000 barrels per day, with subsequent development of significant gas resources.
  • [New] The Resources for the Future and REBA Institute study projects an 80% by 2030 CES would spur annual averages of 94 GW of new wind and solar and 11.4 GW of new battery storage from 2021 to 2030. Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology
  • [New] The UN Food Systems Summit later this month will focus on concrete commitments and approaches to transform food systems so that farmers can be more resilient to climate change, and produce nutritious, affordable food without compromising natural resources and ecosystems. Latest
  • [New] In addition to federal action, some states, like Arizona, could do more to protect their local resources and communities from exploitation by domestic and foreign entities. CSIS
  • [New] Policymakers should consider the many threats facing the future of the U.S. food system and ensure that current and aspiring farmers have the resources they need to secure long-term U.S. food production, starting with access to affordable farmland. CSIS
  • [New] The new FAO Strategy on Climate Change will focus on building agri-food systems that produce more food with more socio-economic benefits, but less impact on the environment and natural resources, generate rural development and better livelihoods. ReliefWeb
  • [New] For China, Afghanistan will just become the latest link in a chain of overseas resource exploiting operations. CapX
  • [New] The burden of societal disruption due to climate change and the overuse of natural resources will be distributed unequally across the globe, and that one of the most significantly affected areas in the world will be the Sahel. New Security Beat
  • [New] The more resources and wealth the Pacific island countries receive from the U.S. and China, the greater the risk that they will become more transactional in their relationships with the U.S. Strategy Bridge
  • [New] Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and WBI Energy, both subsidiaries of MDU Resources Group, announced plans for a natural gas pipeline expansion project in eastern North Dakota that will provide more natural gas to customers in Wahpeton and extend natural gas service to Kindred. Pipeline & Gas Journal,
  • A 50,000m diamond drilling campaign is underway targeting de-risk and resource growth using Tietto's fleet of six diamond drill rigs. Proactiveinvestors UK
  • China benefited from the security U.S. forces in Afghanistan provided, and now that the United States has withdrawn it will need to devote significant resources to securing any future projects, a report by the Council on Foreign Relations states. Vision Times
  • Decades of scientific research confirm that plastic pollution poses a threat to many species, to water resources, and to economies around the world. Frontiers
  • Plastics pollution is a global issue and the opportunity to reorient plastics as a resource in the value chain is a global opportunity. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • The U.S. invests significant military resources to maintain its presence in South Korea, namely, to deter threats from North Korea.
  • Climate change poses serious risks to the sustainability of livestock systems and threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of poor livestock farmers.

Last updated: 15 September 2021