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Can the planet sustain 7 billion people?

The world’s human population is expected to hit 7 billion people by the end of October. Almost no one is taking that number in as cause for celebration. In fact, 7 billion comes with quite a bit of angst, since 8 billion is projected in a mere 15 years and 9 billion by 2050, says the U.N. The U.N.’s assumption is that the world can absorb all these new people. But does the demographic forecast doesn’t square with the environmental one? Humanity long ago overshot its sustainability.... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on October 14, 2011 No Comments »
Category : The man made climate

Population growth could reverse carbon reduction gains

Back in the late 1960s, the environmental movement was in a tizzy over predictions that overpopulation would soon cause mass human starvation and eventually kill the planet. But the Malthusian vision fell to the wayside once the Green Revolution made farming that much more productive and countries began enacting environmental reforms that lessened some of the worst abuses in pollution. These days you don’t hear much concern over the size of Earth’s ballooning human population, even as... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on October 15, 2010 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists, The man made climate

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