Resource depletion

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Dependence on resource depletion
Excessive demands for natural resources
Unintegrated biosphere and ecosystem management

The abundance of natural resources used to be generally assumed, but questions are beginning to be raised on a many fronts, including the availability of fuel and of nonfuel minerals, the potential productivity of agriculture, the supply of forest products and of water, and the increasing pressures of world population growth.


The current rate at which the human population is growing and using natural resources is fundamentally unsustainable and, without further change, a point will come when development would go into reverse. Many now estimate this to be at or before 2050.

Counter Claim:

Resources will continue to be limited. But the crucial factor is that the ratio of resources to results can be vastly improved through new knowledge, new technology, and hard-won experience.

Problem Type:
A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
15.04.2019 – 16:47 CEST