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Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Interim Findings

How can the world feed more than 9 billion people in 2050 in a manner that advances development and reduces pressure on the environment?

Even if all food produced in 2009 were evenly distributed to all people in 2050, the world would still need 974 more calories per person per day.


A new Science paper provides the first high-resolution, global picture of annual forest cover change over the period 2000 to 2012. Prior to this research, the world lacked up-to-date, globally consistent forest data-- most information about forests is years out-of-date by the time it finds its way into policymakers’ hands.

Three key findings emerge from the new maps–and they point to solutions policymakers can pursue now.

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Les forêts constituent une composante essentielle de la vie en Guinée Équatoriale, couvrant près de 98% de la superficie totale et procurant des biens et services à des milliers d’équatoguinéens. Malgré ce rôle crucial des forêts, la Guinée Équatoriale jusqu’à...

Energy and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie, supported by data and analysis from WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, surveyed water risks among the world’s top energy-producing regions. They found that three energy sectors face particularly high water risks: shale gas in the United States, coal production and coal-fired power in China, and crude oil in the Middle East.

Aaron Steele

Chief Technology Officer

Aaron is the Chief Technology Officer at WRI. He is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Data Lab, as well as technology strategy and engineering in the Forest Program. He currently leads...

A groundbreaking book, The Human Quest: Prospering within Planetary Boundaries, delivers a powerful message: Preserving nature isn’t just about protecting the world’s remaining beauty. It’s a fundamental part of ensuring economic development and human well-being.


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