Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about sustainability and innovation (September 2014) 

The why of 'decoupling'

The United Nations is projecting that today’s global population of 7.2 billion will grow another 1 billion by 2025 and reach 9.6 billion by 2050. The U.N. also foresees nearly all of that expansion taking place in developing countries, with Africa accounting for more than 50 percent. The so-called "developed nations” of Europe, North America and Asia will contribute only about 2 percent, and a few of them could experience population declines. According to the International Business Times, "The Japanese government is taking desperate measures to reverse the nation's plunging birth rate – funding matchmaking and dating services to get more young people married and producing babies."

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