Chris Rapley on the population question

July 2, 2007 at 10:27 am | Posted in BAS, British Antarctic Survey, Climate change, Population | Leave a comment

This planet ain’t big enough for the 6,500,000,000

British Antarctic Survey director, Chris Rapley, spoke about climate science at the Institute of Physics seminar on ‘Climate change prediction: a robust or flawed process?’ He make a lot of sense on the science then, without broaching this population question.  Anyway, that is how I came across him in real life.

Going beyond Antarctic climate science topics, now Chris Rapley has the courage to address an issue that is often dodged in climate challenge debates: population expansion and what to do about it. This topic was raised by Jeffrey Sacks in the 2007 Reith lectures, and needs to be aired much more in discussions of climate change. Well, here’s Chris Ripley’s article in The Independent: a starting point to kick-start debate on a pressing concern.

And now, I have to get back to cutting out the Viking shield that needs to be painted tonight!


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