Preserving natural resources

Natural resources are finite. Their preservation is crucial for the future of humanity. Nevertheless, the world's population is growing, while natural resources are dwindling. The alarm will be sounded again during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 (Rio +20), twenty years after the initial alert. What are the risks still threatening our natural resources and what solutions are within our reach? Is there a benefit to saving natural resources? The answer is yes.