On The Elephant In The Room: Population And The Environment : TreeHugger

Malthus cautioned law makers on the effects of...

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On The Elephant In The Room: Population And The Environment : TreeHugger.

 

We hear it all the time, and have heard it since Malthus: That overpopulation is the primary cause of the world’s environmental ills. It makes sense in simple logical terms: The more people there are consuming natural resources, the greater a threat humanity poses to exhausting them. Hard to argue with that. But the issue is of course more complex — and there’s an interesting back-and-forth over at Grist on the subject to prove it. One writer argues that fears of a rapidly expanding population are overblown — constituting a “green myth”, even — and that those fears should be redirected towards consumerism. Is that right?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-21-2010/fred-pearce

 

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