28 Oct '11, 10pm

Climate change dwarfs population as a problem, says @BillMcKibben:

Climate change dwarfs population as a problem, says @BillMcKibben:

Photo: Takver In the late '90s, environmental activist and author Bill McKibben wrote a book about his and his wife's decision to have only one child, connecting their personal choice to global issues of population growth and sustainability. These days, McKibben is intently focused on fighting climate change, kick-starting a clean energy revolution, and, as a means to both ends, stopping the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar-sands crude 1,700 miles down the middle of the U.S. In an interview earlier this month, Leo Hickman of The Guardian asked him about all of these issues. Here's what McKibben had to say about population: In climate terms, population is not the biggest problem going forward. Most of the population growth we will see over the next four decades will use very little energy so that it doesn't matter that much. The average American family use...

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