03 May '11, 6pm

Squeezing 10 billion humans on our planet: think not a "population bomb" but "cluster bombs"

Rumors of an impending human population crash are not borne out by the latest United Nations projections, offering further proof that human beings are the least certain factor in efforts to project the course of events on this planet in this century. There’s more in the news article by Celia Dugger and Justin Gillis: “U.N. Forecasts 10.1 Billion People by Century’s End. ” There’s enormous plasticity in the system, as Warren Sanderson, an economics and history professor at Stony Brook University, stressed to me when I attended the school’s Earthstock celebration last week. As he put it in a followup e-mail exchange: Fifteen years ago the argument was framed by Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon . Either we were going to pollute the human species out of existence or there was nothing to worry about because humans were so resourceful. Both positions are, in my view, pernicious…. W...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/the-up-side-...

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