What Will Life on Earth Be Like in 2050?
Scientists Look Ahead Five Decades in State-of-the-Planet Report, Explore Ways to Solve Earth's Problems
Washington, DC — January 19, 2006
The number of extreme events, such as hurricanes and famine, affecting at least one million people will increase over the next 45 years if a certain scenario of world development plays out. Demand for water will increase enormously -- between 30% and 85% -- especially in Africa and Asia, by the year 2050. But human health may improve as public health measures advance vaccine development and lessen the impact of epidemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS. These are just a few of the many findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) published in a 4-volume set by Island Press and released today.