We envision a future network with hundreds of millions of active endpoints. These are not merely passive loads as are most endpoints today, but endpoints that may generate, sense, compute, communicate, and actuate. They will create both a severe risk and a tremendous opportunity: As infrastructure deployment progresses, the new bottleneck will be the need for overarching frameworks, foundational theories, and practical algorithms to manage a fully [data-centric] power network.
It is hard to predict, of course. Importing goods from far away depends who it is far from.
Currently, China seems to be the main manufacturer for the world, and it is far away from Europe and America. But if other regions develop, they may offset the decline of the West.
In that scenario, it may be the end of globalization for the West, but it may still be some kind of globalization for the rest. Also interestingly, and perhaps importantly, another implication is that even if there is a decline for some that is somewhat offset by others, the importance of localization may emerge, which could mean declining industries in the West The implications are wider than economic, too.
Geopolitically, this offset may be violent; those with power rarely give it up easily, for example. Even if it is a reasonably peaceful transition where the West finds an alternative model or accepts a different role in the world economy, it will have cultural and social implications.
Changing media, changing food habits and sourcesand more which a few generalizations and words here cannot begin to explain! Back to top Reliance on foreign sources of energy and geopolitics There has certainly been a recognition in recent months and years that energy security is a concern. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.
The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Ignoring for the moment the irony that a major though not only reason that those parts of the world are unstable is because of US foreign policy there, there have been signs—for many years—that some major companies and industries, have been considering alternatives.
So far, there is little to indicate that we have evolved into peaceful enough societies to not repeat those past disasters as growing inequality, extremism, power, drive for growth and profit, and our collective short memories all interplay.
After all, the 20th century has been described as the century of warnot peace. At the beginning of the 21st century, the leaders of two countries that hold themselves as high examples of peaceful members of the international community decided to invade Iraq, without global approval or legal justification.
Some foreign policy decisions in past years are coming back to haunt advanced nations. With these extremists returning back after defeating the Soviet Union, various events since have seen Islamic extremists resort to terrorist acts, alarmed at the military presence of the US in their holiest lands, the influences of western culture which they fear is against Islam, and so on.
As more and more developing countries industrialize, they will naturally want more energy to quench the growth thirst.
This will see more involvement in international affairs, and indeed China and India are increasingly active in many regions around the world. Geopolitical issues, new and old, will therefore arise.
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For example, the Cold War years witnessed both the West and Soviet Union readily support puppet governments, even overthrowing fledgling democracies, in favor of dictatorshipsif needed. This was often justified to the home population as being for the national interest. Note, the US and other western countries also supported Saddam Hussein when he was committing some of his worst crimes against humanity.
Legitimate stability and supply issues are also of concern. For example, places like NigeriaIraqIranetc. Others, such as Venezuelathreaten to use oil and its related profits to develop their own country and region even more.
Some countries such as the US have enormous military expenditure in part to protect global oil areas for their interests. A number of other large countries are getting more involved or active in the international arena due to energy related concerns, including China and Russia prompting a fear of a geopolitical cold war centered around energy security.
Already many talk about the US using the War on Terror in Asia, and its courting of India a country with its own ambitions as an attempt to contain China, for example. Russia has also flexed its muscle lately with neighboring countries as it has access to some of the largest sources of natural gas.
China and US interest in parts of Africa are also viewed with some suspicion as some of these countries become sources of oil and other raw materials.
The rapid rise of developing countries such as Brazil, China, and India, will also see their increased interested in ensuring secure access to energy, and so a new geopolitical cold war is possible. Countries already powerful such as the US and some of these emerging countries will therefore have their own interests at stake.
The ironic part to this is that the Pentagon has become an enormous consumer of fuel itself, thus contributing to climate change worries, and increasing global energy security concerns as other large countries are emerging on the scene.
Michael Klare, a professor of peace and world security studies, writes about the rising geopolitical battle centered around energy securityand notes that the Pentagon is itself one of the world's great oil guzzlers, consuming million barrels of oil inas much as the entire nation of Sweden.
The future could also see continued conflicts for resources. Back to top Energy needs and demands of growing countries such as China and India The western nations form a small percentage of the world population but consume far more resources.Mar 11, · Energy is everything. It can be found in many forms.
Fossil fuels cause many environmental issues due to the emission of carbon dioxide. However, alternative source of energy can substitute traditional energy sources with almost no negative effects on the environment.
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Paragraph #6. Write a concluding paragraph. Re-state your opinion. Connect the main ideas presented in the body. Emphasize why this is important.
Environmental Review of Energy Projects. The Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) unit conducts environmental review of proposed energy projects including power plants, transmission lines, wind farms, and pipelines.
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