June 19, 2012
Action is urgently needed to limit population growth – and rich nations must curtail gluttonous consumption – or else humanity faces a terrifying future, scientists have warned.
The warning goes against what many governments and academics have espoused for centuries in the industrialised world. Yet more than 100 scientific academies around the globe have broken the taboo, saying if birthrates and overconsumption continue unabated, large-scale famine, drought, disease and war lie ahead.
Scientists say proposals at the Rio+20 Earth Summit on sustainable development barely mention the twin solutions of population and consumption control, which would ease pressure on fast-diminishing resources.