Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
Our species has far exceeded its fair share of the planetary bounty, and Brown is right to call for the global population to peak.
Not an official Extinction Rebellion poster.
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Extinction Rebellion impostors have called humans 'a disease'.
Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist, addresses a press conference during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, January 22 2020.
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Jane Goodall's comments at Davos may seem harmless, but they reflect a dangerous misreading of the climate crisis that needs to be challenged.
Population growth rates pose a lingering challenge to development efforts on the continent.
Global population is rising.
There are plenty other good reasons to stabilise the global population.
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging.
Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
Many are conflicted about whether the population should continue to grow and what the population of the future should look like.
Many people think a population policy is about control – like the one-child policy in China, for instance. But modern population policies are about population-well-being.
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Too often, talk of population and sustainability becomes emotionally loaded and conflict ridden.
International tourists use many of Australia’s resources, including adding to fossil fuel consumption.
People think migrants are draining Australia's resources. But if we were to cut down on migration, it would also make sense to introduce policies that limit numbers of international tourists.
The bigger Melbourne gets, the more attractive it becomes.
In the 70s, Whitlam tried to build new, big cities. But this was too costly. Now the most viable solution for Australia's population woes is to make existing cities bigger.
Slums like this one in Rio de Janeiro embody the problems Paul Ehrlich warned of in ‘The Population Bomb.’
Fifty years ago biologist Paul Ehrlich published 'The Population Bomb,' an apocalyptic warning that overcrowding would lead to wars and famine. Here's what the book got right and wrong.
Artificial islands can cause huge environmental issues for coastlines.
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Artificial islands that are now mushrooming across the ocean are regarded as 'engineering marvels'. But, little attention is paid to how these human-made structures affect sea life.
Understanding population density takes more than just arithmetic – that's where mapping can help reveal which countries and cities are really getting cramped.
Many people in culturally diverse populations in Western Sydney have lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations.
Reasoned debates on sustainable migration intake levels are important. But transport and health infrastructure shortfalls in Western Sydney won't be solved by reactive anti-immigration attitudes.
The great grey owl is imperiled by intensive logging of northern-hemisphere forests.
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The jury is in and the debate is over: Earth’s sixth great extinction has arrived.
Could this be the livestock feedstock of the future?
The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens, could help solve global food shortages by feeding livestock. It can even be used to make diesel fuel.
The earth is a finite place.
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The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Humans used to keep up by simply burning more fuel or farming more land.
Clean water is one of many scarce resources that will be under pressure.
Humanity is on course for a population greater than 11 billion by the end of this century, according to the latest analysis from the UN’s population division. In a simple sense, population is the root…