18 Sep '12, 1pm

Get a grip! Population growth impacts biodiversity. Jonathon Porritt reports.

Get a grip! Population growth impacts biodiversity. Jonathon Porritt reports.

Rio+20. It came, sputtered briefly, and went. It was hard for anyone to summon up much enthusiasm in advance, and the lack of any kind of serious preparatory process condemned those who most hoped for a substantive, positive outcome to an inevitable disappointment. So for those who are still feeling a little let down, let me just add one additional reason for disappointment: how is it that the entire Rio+20 process came and went without any serious attention being given to one of the most important sustainability challenges today – namely, population? I could of course have asked that question at any time over the last 40 years, pretty much since the time of the first UN Conference on Environment and Human Development in Stockholm in 1972 – when population was a big, controversial topic of debate. So what exactly is going on? Why is it that the insights that we now have ab...

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