Population growth will make it harder to meet EU climate goals, while stable or declining populations will help cut greenhouse gas emissions in the EU

| November 9, 2019 | Leave a Comment


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Author(s): Patricia Dérer

Newspaper: The Overpopulation Project

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In the following exercise, we demonstrate how different migration and fertility-influencing policies can lead to large differences in future annual greenhouse gas emissions, and in cumulative emissions throughout the century in the European Union. We present nine scenarios representing migration and fertility policies leading to stable, declining, or growing populations. The scenarios leading to decreasing populations have great potential to reduce total greenhouse emissions in the future, and to meet ambitious climate goals. On the contrary, scenarios leading to continuous population growth make it much harder to meet climate goals, requiring substantially larger reductions in per capita emissions and potentially leading to much greater total greenhouse emissions in the future.

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  • stevenearlsalmony

    All objects of Creation are routinely seen as being within the purview of science. Homo sapiens is an integral species within the web of life and ubiquitously regarded as creatures of Earth. Please consider the growth of absolute global human population numbers as a matter of a biological nature, just as the uncontested ecological science of human population dynamics indicates that it is. Note too, how human population dynamics is essentially similar to the population dynamics of other species which are also integrated members of the web of life of Earth.


    How on this good Earth can human beings with feet of clay be sensibly expected to stabilize much less reduce the uninterrupted, patently unsustainable growth of absolute global human population numbers when the root cause of unbridled human population growth is everywhere avoided and denied by the very experts who recognize the dire ecological consequences of that growth? Where are the scientists who will answer one question? Why is the human population continuing to grow worldwide, despite declining total fertility rates in so many Nation-States on Earth?