Defusing the population timebomb

May 25, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Congratulations to Rosamund McDougall for this article sent to members of Mission Valley Rotary Club.

For three days last week 60 international experts met in Abu Dhabi to discuss tactics in the war against global warming. The forum held at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research looked at the issues at the centre of negotiations to replace the Kyoto Protocol and, most importantly, how the estimated US$100 billion needed to limit the increase in global mean temperatures to 2°C would be met. The conference, organised by the NYU School of Law, is symptomatic of just how seriously climate change and the devastating effects it threatens are being taken.

Many countries, not least the UAE, are making valiant efforts to reduce their carbon footprint yet an important part of the environmental equation continues unchecked – the incessant rise in the number of people occupying the planet.

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