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The Regenerative Economy: a technical solution to meet world's population needs while preserving the environment.

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Environmental collapse is dooming unless quick and effective action is taken at international level. Not only climate change could reshape the geography of the planet (CO2 emissions peaked again in 2010) but also vital natural resources are getting scarcer while population has yet to increase another 2 Bn people by 2050. In that context, understanding how we produce goods, food and energy from a material and economic perspective is crucial to answer the question: Can we satisfy the increasing world’s population needs while preserving the environment?

This research analyses the material flows of the economy from a physical and economic approach and suggests a “Regenerative Economy”. Similar to the concept of a fully recycling economy, it integrates the material flows of the economy together with those of the environment (i.e. the biogeochemical cycles). The presentation enunciates the regenerative concepts and its analytical framework. Finally, it briefly reflects on the ethical implications of the current economic against a regenerative one.

Note about the talk: Darwin members pick up lunch from 12:45 as normal, taking it into the Entertaining Room (on the left at the top of the stairs leading to the dining hall). Wine is served. Non-Darwin members are welcome to attend (please send an email to book space and appoint you as guest in case you’d like to have lunch). The talk begins over coffee at about 1:10, lasts for about 20 minutes and is followed by questions.

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