Balance population with quality of life

February 28, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

This week marks the 40th anniversary of The Population Institute. It is an honor to be serving as President of this organization, in addition to running Population Media Center.

Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this article by former Australian cabinet minister Barry Cohen.

Unless I’ve been grievously misled, global warming/climate change is caused by the excessive amount of carbon emissions poured into the atmosphere. The major offenders are the developed countries, and the more affluent members of them in particular. Near the top of the list is our good selves with a footprint Ian Thorpe would envy.

And what, I hear you ask, has been Australia’s response? Well for starters, the government has ratified Kyoto; it is developing a carbon trading emissions scheme and is investing in a range of alternative energy proposals, including hybrid cars, solar energy, clean coal, wind and much more. Australia is taking global warming seriously. There are no sceptics or deniers in the Rudd government.

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