oa CSIR Science Scope - Changing the way we live : sustainable future



Is the earth becoming too small for its inhabitants? The answer to this question is definitely in the negative. Despite predictions that the world's population will reach the nine billion mark by 2030, it will still be able to accommodate all its inhabitants. The problem is that we are running out of habitable spaces mainly because of unsustainable utilisation of the earth's resources. Development in these habitable spaces is often characterised by rapid infrastructure delivery that increases the environmental burden. As the population increases, the pressure on the natural resources (i.e. mineral resources, soil quality, water and energy) and on human environments becomes more pronounced. At present, climate change is also threatening the availability of these resources.


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