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China: Economic Growth Despite Water Shortages

The article ‘High and Dry’ in today’s Financial Times describes the “devastating water shortages” in China which appear at odds with Beijing’s high spending. “In the face of China’s rapid economic expansion and growing presence on the global stage, it is often forgotten that the country is running out of water.”

Water scarcity is causing social, political and economic problems, which are becoming more urgent with the country’s rapid urbanisation; more than 300 million people are predicted to move into cities by 2030. Click here to read the article in full.

Many speakers are experts on relating issues:

Alex Bell is an expert on water stress and its consequences, particularly the economic and social impact of water shortages

Stanley Johnson is an expert on global environmental issues who has published ten books on the subject

Matt Ridley‘s book ‘The Rational Optimist’ (2010) takes on contemporary pessimism to argue that, in spite of disasters and reverses, the world has been getting better and better for humanity over the last two centuries

Laurence C. Smith is an advisor to Congress and the UN on climate change who gives science-based projections on how the world will look in the future

To find out more about these speakers, or to book them as speakers for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Laurence C. Smith forecasts the world in 40 years’ time…

Laurence C SmithProfessor and Vice-Chairman of Geography, UCLA, Laurence C. Smith, combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of- the-art model projections and analytical data to present a revolutionary picture of what our world might look like in 40 years’ time. Laurence is also advisor to Congress and the UN and on climate change and his work on northern climate change has been funded by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Click here to read more about his book “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future” (Dutton, 2010) which argues that humanity’s future prosperity lies in the Arctic rim.

Click here to read Laurence’s latest research, co-written with with Scott R. Stephenson: “New Trans-Arctic shipping routes navigable by mid-century” which projects unprecedented new Tran-Arctic shipping routes based on climate forecasts  for the years 2040 to 2059 and is the first thorough assessment of this of this kind.

To find out more about John Hulsman, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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