How Can We Talk About Environmental Problems without Talking About All the People?

October 7, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this OpEd from E magazine.

It’s hard to come up with a looming environmental problem that’s not ultimately rooted in human population expansion, be it a local issue like traffic congestion, litter or drinking water pollution or more global concerns like ocean fish depletion, deforestation, species extinction and global climate change.

We humans currently number 6.9 billion and continue to swell the planet by nearly 80 million more each year. Almost half of us are under the age of 25, and, if present trends continue, we will double in number before 2060.

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