Slowing population: Would it curb climate change?

October 13, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Albert Kaufman for this article from the Los Angeles Times, written by Ken Weiss, who is on this mailing list. It’s a great affirmation of the importance of population in climate change, and you should let the paper know how good it is to see inclusion of population as a central theme in an article like this.

Ever since belching smokestacks arose during the Industrial Revolution, greenhouse gases and human population have climbed in lockstep to higher and higher levels.

And while scientists warn that humanity must dramatically slash future carbon-dioxide emissions to avert extended droughts, floods and other climate catastrophes, they have generally avoided a rigorous examination of how slowing population growth would help. Now, an international team of scientists has done the math.

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