Failing Sustainability 101

August 1, 2008 • News

Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this editorial, which was distributed to 800 newspapers and magazines in the U.S. through the Cagle Syndication Service.

Ever since my youth I’ve been a numbers type of guy. As a teenager in the 1950s I discovered that the typical American woman was having 3 or 4 children and I calculated that the USA was in for a big population explosion. At about the same time, Chinese women were having even more children than Americans. The fact that these two countries together are currently responsible for half of the entire anthropogenic contribution to increasing atmospheric carbon is partially a result of the large population increases engendered by these high fertilities.

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