Peak Everything


Oil, Food, Water: Is Everything Past its Peak?

By 2030, the global middle class is expected to grow by two-thirds. That’s 3 billion more shoppers. They'll all want access to goods, including water, wheat, coffee and oil. Is there enough for everybody? Can business satisfy demand and avoid hitting "peak everything?"

Special Report

  • Resource Crunch: Slideshow

    The iconic Peak Oil hypothesis--that world oil production will plateau and decline-- has inspired parlor-game questions about other resources. Some materials, like coal, are finite; others, like water, are renewable but have limits to how quickly reserves can be replenished. Can Earth keep up with our demand? Call it Peak Everything.

  • Peaks or No Peaks, the Great Resource Race Is on

    An unprecedented crisis faced America. Oil production was going to peak in just three to five years, resulting in foreign oil addiction and economic calamity.

  • Peak Oil Scare Fades as Shale, Deepwater Wells Gush Crude

    When Daniel Lacalle, in his early 20s, took a job with Spanish oil company Repsol YPF SA in 1991, friends chided him for entering a field with no future.

  • Farmers Can Grow Food for All, as Long as Ecosystems Hold

    Thomas Malthus, history’s celebrated pessimist, wrote in 1798 that, should war and disease fail to claim humanity, “gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world.”

  • Peak Water: The Rise and Fall of Cheap, Clean H2O

    The Earth's surface is mostly water, yet across increasingly large swaths of the planet, H2O reservoirs are drying up.

  • Americans Gaining Energy Independence With U.S. as Top Producer

    The U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession and led to lines at gasoline stations.

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Bloomberg Sustainability News

Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them.

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