Earth faces a century of disasters, report warns

Economic and environmental catastrophes unavoidable unless rich countries cut consumption and global population stabilises World population needs to be stabilised quickly and high consumption in rich countries rapidly reduced to avoid "a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills", warns a major report from the Royal Society . Contraception must be offered to all women who want it and consumption cut to reduce inequality, says the study published ... Full Story »

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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - May. 31, 2012

An original and relevant report filed by John Vidal, environment editor of The Guardian based on a study report published by the Royal Society chaired by Nobel prize-winning biologist Sir John Sulston. Two major interventions suggested were to stabilise population and cutting consumption, which have been largely ignored by politicians and played down by environment and development groups so far.

“The number of people living on the planet has never been higher, their levels of consumption are unprecedented and vast changes are taking place in the environment. We can choose to rebalance the use of resources to a more egalitarian pattern of consumption … or we can choose to do nothing and to drift into a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills leading to a more unequal and inhospitable future”. The report says.

“…the sheer number of people on earth is not as important as their inequality and how much they consume” – Jules Pretty, one of the working group of 22 who produced the report.

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