The next golden age of growth will depend on whether we are able to innovate sufficiently to face environmental challenges, according to Carlota Perez, Visiting Scholar, London School of Economics
"The planet is no longer a place to store our waste. It must be protected to guarantee healthy lives if we want to be able to incorporate hundreds of millions of new consumers. That is the new space race. Growth will depend on whether we are able to stretch the frontiers of knowledge to successfully face the environmental limits," she said, speaking at the Economist's Technology Frontiers conference.
This means we need to increase the productivity of all resources "enormously", eliminate waste and pollution, build closed-loop systems, design for durability and rethink our built environment. "This will be essential for healthy lives and economic development," she added.... http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/05/sustainability-space-race