Population and Climate roundtable in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (began on Dec. 3)

December 8, 2007 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Fred Meyerson for the article below. He would welcome feedback (fmeyerson@uri.edu) on his lead-off article for the population and climate roundtable, which appears on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The article was published on-line on Monday (Dec. 3), to coincide with the first day of the Bali climate talks (U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change).

The roundtable will continue among the four other “experts” and Fred for the next three months or so (for a few rounds), with about one new article published each week. Joe Chamie (former head of the UN Population Division) will be the next to publish in the roundtable – next week.

Here’s the roundtable introductory piece and the text of Fred’s lead-off article:

Population and climate change
In Progress: 3 December 2007

A larger global population means a larger demand for everything–most urgently, energy. And although Earth’s resources have apparently stretched further than Paul Ehrlich infamously predicted four decades ago in his book The Population Bomb, the mounting climate problem suggests that the consequences of overconsumption (namely of coal and other fossil fuels that produce heat-trapping greenhouse gases) may still be inevitable.

Joseph Chamie, former director of the U.N. Population Division and now director of research at the Center for Migration Studies; Martin Desvaux, a retired physicist and trustee of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT); John Guillebaud, former OPT co-chairman and emeritus professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health at University College London; Elizabeth Hartmann, director of the Population and Development Program and associate professor of Development Studies at Hampshire College; and Frederick A. B. Meyerson, an ecologist at the University of Rhode Island and board member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, discuss how population growth relates to our spiraling energy needs and whether addressing it can help provide a solution to the climate problem.

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