Overpopulation and Climate Change

June 27, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for sending me this editorial by Arthur Westing of Vermont.

With the continuing failure of governments to reach agreements on combating climate change, the outlook for both humans and nature remains bleak.

And nowhere is the failure more conspicuous than in the avoidance of the subject of population growth. Population is a double-barreled environmental problem – not only is population increasing; so are emissions per capita.

In 1970, when worldwide greenhouse gas emissions had just begun to transgress the sustainable capacity of the atmosphere, the world population was about 3.7 billion; today it’s about 6.9 billion – an increase of 86 percent.

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