18 Jul '11, 12pm

The World at 7 Billion: Can We Stop Growing Now?

The World at 7 Billion: Can We Stop Growing Now?

The World at 7 Billion: Can We Stop Growing Now? With global population expected to surpass 7 billion people this year, the staggering impact on an overtaxed planet is becoming more and more evident. A two-pronged response is imperative: empower women to make their own decisions on childbearing and rein in our excessive consumption of resources. by robert engelman Demographers aren’t known for their sense of humor, but the ones who work for the United Nations recently announced that the world’s human population will hit 7 billion on Halloween this year. Since censuses and other surveys can scarcely justify such a precise calculation, it’s tempting to imagine that the UN Population Division, the data shop that pinpointed the Day of 7 Billion, is hinting that we should all be afraid, be very afraid. We have reason to be. The 21st century is not yet a dozen years old, and the...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_world_at_7_billion_can_w...

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