The US National Intelligence Council has recently decided to piece together information concerning future weather patterns and technologies, and their impact on all aspects of human society.Thus the “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” report was born, a study which claims that, all things considered, it will only take about 18 more years until nations across the world will have to figure out a way of dealing with both extreme weather manifestations, and severe hunger.
This report claims that, together with shifts in demographics and the “crowning” of new world leaders, the rising demand for food, water and energy must be listed as one of the major players presently shaping the future of human society.
“Climate change analysis suggests that the severity of existing weather patterns will intensify, with wet areas getting wetter, and dry and arid areas becoming more so,” the report reads.
Apparently, Africa and the Middle East will be hit the hardest as far as extreme weather manifestations and poor crops go.
Furthermore, “With the rapid rise of other countries, the 'unipolar moment' is over and Pax Americana—the era of American ascendancy in international politics that began in 1945—is fast winding down.”
“Asia will have surpassed North America and Europe combined in terms of global power, based upon GDP [Gross Domestic Product], population size, military spending and technological investment.”
The US National Intelligence Council does not claim that the gift of foresight has been bestowed upon them, and that they can now accurately predict the future.
Still, their “possible future” scenarios are based on real facts, which is why they hope that their report will help international and national policy makers guide us down a more enjoyable path.
“We do not seek to predict the future—which would be an impossible feat—but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications,” the researchers who put together this report wished to emphasize.