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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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The alternative to the resource-management route – continuing down a resource-hungry, consumption-driven path – could only exacerbate existing issues. A regional race for resources would only breed more resentment and competition, possibly even spilling over into war.

Within Asia, water resources are particularly problematic. The Himalayas and Tibetan plateau are home to the sources of rivers that provide water to countries embracing nearly half of the world’s population. Increasingly used for hydroelectric projects as well as agriculture, upstream utilization of these rivers could devastate the lives of hundreds of millions of people – with one country, China, able to influence matters like no other. As Kenneth Pomeranz has pointed ...

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