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Humans: the real threat to life on Earth?

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The number of us or the lifestyle of the global elite? A couple of nice links:

 Ten Billion: If population levels continue to rise at the current rate, our grandchildren will see the Earth plunged into an unprecedented environmental crisis, argues computational scientist Stephen Emmott in this extract from his book Ten Billion… Some terrifying stats, but not the uncritical view of the economic model one might expect from the head of computational science at Microsoft. Well worth reading, this extract, maybe even buying the book… http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/30/population-growth-wipe-out-life-earth

 Global Collapse: Monty Don presents Shared Planet, the series explores the crunch point between human population and the natural world. In the latter half of the programme, Don examines the wider issues of species abundance and people and interviews one of the authors of a recent paper ” Can a Collapse of Civilisation be Avoided” published by The Proceedings of The Royal Society with one of its authors Professor Paul Ehrlich from StanfordUniversity. Also in the programme Dr Joe Smith (environmental geographer) from The Open University, an expert in environment and the media, exploring how the media should keep up with such apocalyptic headlines ‘hell doesn’t sell’ (but shouldn’t we look to citizen rather than consumer values with respect to climate change mitigation and nature conservation?) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02ykrd1

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Author: masonk4

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One thought on “Humans: the real threat to life on Earth?

  1. John Gray rips apart Danny Dorling’s analysis as ideology and bigs up Stephen Emmot’s book which apparently isn’t (but is, of course – just more the prevalent ideology). Emmot seems to present an analysis based on undifferentiated numbers of people, while Dorling highlights inequality and distribution of wealth… Gray slates Dorling for encouraging us to ‘tell new stories’ but doesn’t seem to notice that it’s what Emmot is advocating too: Individuals must consume less. But some individuals – the majority – need to consume more. That must surely be part of the story? http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jul/05/ten-billion-stephen-emmott-review?INTCMP=SRCH

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