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. ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - May. 31, 2012

A good short news report on a major report issued on critical topics for the planet.

More radical evaluations suggest the biosphere can only sustainably support 3 billion people and concurrently provide sustainable habitat for other lifeforms.

The planet has sufficient resources to sustain 9 billion, but we can only ensure a sustainable future for all if we address grossly unequal levels of consumption. More »

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Lys Anzia
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by Lys Anzia - May. 21, 2012

The facts in this story are strong, but the purpose of the story is to 'build a case' for less population and less consumption on earth. Yes, this is an easy case to build (& one I personally agree with), but the story does have a clear goal to sway the public in the direction to agree with the conclusions presented.

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Apr. 26, 2012
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Warrior Wheatman
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by Warrior Wheatman - May. 4, 2012

Finally authorities dare to addres our most obvious primary problem. No-one dared to oppose religious authority - overpopulation was hushed down at the last UN converence. It is now staring us in the face. Contraceptives must save our species - from war, hunger and poverty. We cannot all be celebate monks. I pray for a change in religions.

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Apr. 30, 2012

To not provide family planning is an infringement of human rights", More »

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Alex Gutierrez
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by Alex Gutierrez - May. 21, 2012

I feel that this article demonstrates how important it is to take out population growth into account when we talk about the future on earth. I know I have not thought about it but this article has open my eyes and exposed them to what can happen if we do not figure out a way to control our population growth. That would not be the only answer either because we can come up with other solutions that can help us produce more food for everyone. However, that will not be any easy task of just planting more crops. I think that this article uses great data and graphs to demonstrate the differences of growth in different countries. Also, they use solid evidence from scientist and economist.

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Ariel Achatz
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by Ariel Achatz - Feb. 18, 2013

This is a very relevant story that pertains to all of us. I think it is well-written but I would of liked to see some interviews with regular people as well as interviews.

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Bradley D. Thornton
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by Bradley D. Thornton - May. 21, 2012

Well the Royal Society has a long standing reputation for obscuring and obfuscating the truth, not giving out prizes for things such as the definitive discovery of Longitude and armchair anthopological tendencies.

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