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The World in 2050?  Thought Leader Discussion with Professor Laurence C. Smith - 2050 details

"Prediction is very difficult.  Especially about the future"

-Niels Bohr

You are invited to join Hedgeye's Macro Team and Director of Research Daryl Jones for a special thought leadership and investing discussion with Laurence C. Smith, Professor and Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth & Space Sciences at UCLA and author of THE WORLD IN 2050.

Natural resource demand, population demographics, economic globalization and climate change will be the ascendant, global forces shaping civilization over the next half century.   

We will explore the implications of these emerging dynamics, the challenges for governments and society and prospective investment opportunities born out of a sweeping shift in the distribution of people and power.   

The call will be held on Thursday, March 13th at 1:00pm EST


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Dr. Laurence C. Smith is Professor and Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth & Space Sciences at UCLA. His research includes topics of Arctic climate change, hydrology, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles including in the journals Science, Nature, and PNAS and won more than $7.7M in research funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA. In 2006 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and in 2007 his work appeared prominently in the Fourth Assessment Report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is currently serving on steering committees for the National Research Council, NASA, and the World Economic Forum. He receives frequent requests to deliver keynotes at public and private speaking events, and in 2012 and 2014 was an invited speaker to the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

His general-audience book THE WORLD IN 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future (Plume: New York, 2011; U.K. edition titled THE NEW NORTH, Profile: London, 2011 with translations in 14 languages) synthesizing cross-cutting trends in natural resource demand, population demographics, economic globalization, and climate change with particular emphasis on northern countries was winner of the Walter P. Kistler Book Award and a NATURE Editor's Pick of 2012. His work has received coverage in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Times, Discover Magazine, NPR, CBC Radio, BBC and others.