Conservatives and environmentalists alike, beware: Neo-malthusian dimensions arising from the climate change denial vs. apocalyptic environmentalism 'debate' and modern geoengineering capabilities.
Last Update Jan 10, 2014
In a HARDtalk interview broadcast on 18 August 2009, Stephen Sackur talks to the environmental scientist James Lovelock.
S Sackur- What do you think is a viable figure that Gaia,.. that the planet can sustain?
J Lovelock- "I would guess, living the way we do, not more than 1 billion, probably less."
Before his death (Erroneous, as of April 2016 Lovelock still living. Age 96), Lovelock goes on to retract these kind of statements:
From The James Lovelock Bashers:
He [Lovelock] said he still thought that climate change was happening, but that its effects would be felt farther in the future than he previously thought.
“We will have global warming, but it’s been deferred a bit,” he said.
Link to video:
Updated July 2, 2013
A great example of how science may be used or abused can be found in following article by the Observer, reprinted by the Guardian UK. Unfortunately mathematics is not the only science that can be used in this manner, not only to 'advance' a philosophical viewpoint but also to justify implementation of any given 'solution to a perceived threat'.
Humans: the real threat to life on Earth
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
Other links (Upadated Jan, 10, 2024)
’10 billion’: a strangely unscientific and misanthropic book
Monday 8 July 2013 by Chris Goodall
Population Growth and Pollution: the Facts Continue to be Ignored
Robert Wilson July 2, 2013
The End of Population Growth
Sanjeev Sanyal October 20, 2011
Almost half of the world's food thrown away, report finds
Rebecca Smithers January 10, 2013
(In other words: The world right now, produces enough food to feed twice the population)
Why are birthrates falling around the world? Blame television.
List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions