12 Oct '11, 7pm

7 billion? It’s time to talk via @grist

7 billion? It’s time to talk via @grist

The subject of population—like sex, politics, and religion—elicits such strong opinions that people often go out of their way to avoid talking about it. That’s led many to believe that population growth is no longer a valid concern, but if you’re worried about people, posterity, or the planet, it’s time to talk. On Oct. 31, world population will cross the 7 billion mark. There’s nothing particularly significant about that number. It’s just a milestone, but it’s also an opportunity for reflection and recalibration. A lot has happened since world population crossed the 6 billion mark in 1999. The world today is a much different place, and it has changed in ways that profoundly affect the human prospect. Soaring prices for energy and essential foodstuffs, along with climate change and water scarcity, are raising legitimate questions about the Earth’s ability to provide for an...

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