21 Issues for the 21st Century

Apr 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on  Emerging Environmental Issues The purpose of the UNEP Foresight Process is to produce, every two years, a careful and authoritative ranking of the most important emerging issues related to the global environment. UNEP aims to inform the UN and wider international community about these issues on a timely basis, as well as provide input to its own work programme and that of other UN agencies, thereby fulfilling the stipulation of its mandate: “keeping the global environment under review and bringing...

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The 7 Billion Wager

Feb 14, 2012 | 0 comments

At an event at Johns Hopkins University on October 14th, 2011 marking the arrival of the 7 billionth human on the planet, Professor David Lam of the University of Michigan and President of the Population Association of America, and Professor Stan Becker of Johns Hopkins University unveiled a bet on whether the prices of five foods would increase or decrease in the coming decade. Read the...

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Climate Change: What it means in terms of energy

Feb 8, 2012 | 0 comments

by Ian T Dunlop International Conferenceon the Future of Energy and the Interconnected Challenges of the 21st Century: Basel. October 17-18, 2011 As population rises from 7 billion today toward 9 billion by 2050, the inevitable logic of exponential growth in both population and consumption is now hitting the limits of global ecosystems and resource availability. The immediate pressure points are climate change, energy security, biodiversity loss, water and food availability, issues which are converging rapidly in an unprecedented manner, in...

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Why the Real Victim of Overpopulation Will Be the Environment

Feb 8, 2012 | 0 comments

by Bryan Walsh. Time Magazine. October 26, 2011. This month, the 7 billionth person will be born on a planet already strapped for resources. To mark this extraordinary milestone, TIME explores the most pressing population issues of the day, from the quest for sustainable energy sources to a look at what our biggest cities could look like in the decades to come Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2097720_2097782_2097814,00.html...

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Population Growth Sees Myths Reborn

Feb 8, 2012 | 0 comments

by Paul Ehrlich  The Age: Australia. November 1, 2011 The news that the human population now numbers more than 7 billion – and the projection that it may grow to 15 billion – has caused the re-emergence of many ancient population fallacies. Australia is a centre of one of the most dangerous myths to infect civilisation: that population and economic growth have no limits. The “big Australia” fallacy is pushed by unscrupulous developers, politicians, media moguls and their buddies, who will personally profit from...

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