Overpopulation Is Not the Problem

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While many may construe our burgeoning population as a huge sustainability issue, Erle C. Ellis argues that there is no limit to our resources and that we need not worry about overpopulation and the planets’ carrying capacity; advancements in social strategies and technological systems will help provide us with the resources we need. What kind of societal and technological advances might he be suggesting and will they help, or hurt the environment even more?

The world population is estimated to be at 7.2 billion and forecasted by the Food and Agriculture Organization to exceed nine billion by 2050. There is only one earth, and many inhabitants utilizing its resources. What happens when the demand for our resources exceeds their availability?

Read his thought-provoking argument in the article below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/opinion/overpopulation-is-not-the-problem.html?_r=0

 

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