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How much land does an average human use?
Are we overpopulated?

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Find out more at: populationmatters.org
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France is set to ramp up renewable energy and shift away from nuclear under a new energy law adopted on Wednesday. The country is also hiking a carbon tax to €100 per tonne by 2030 in a suite of measures to cut emissions 40 per cent on 1990 levels. Environment minister Segolene Royal said she wanted France, which hosts a critical UN climate summit this December, to be a “nation of environmental excellence.”
Read more: bit.ly/1MOxfx3

#climatechange   #carbonemissions   #globalwarming   #greenhousegasemissions   #cleanenergy   #France   #UNClimateSummit   #Europe   #renewables   #fossilfuels  
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Our global human population is predicted to reach eight billion by the spring of 2024 – less than a decade from now. That is one crazy milestone that we do not want to reach. Can we stop it? It depends on how quickly we can apply the brakes. The time to start putting our foot down is now.
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"Why are we so ill-served by the very experts on whom our future depends?" asks Population Matters patron Jonathon Porritt in an opinion piece this week for the Sustainable Food Trust. "The truth of it is that most agronomists (let alone economists and policy wonks) live in the Land of Nod when it comes to addressing food security on a genuinely sustainable basis, taking human numbers properly into account rather than treating them as an irrelevance ... The simple truth is that trying to address issues like food security without even engaging in the debate about population is pure, unadulterated hypocrisy."
Read the rest of Jonathon Porritt's opinion piece: bit.ly/1Ikgeqv

Find out more about how our unsustainable population growth is hopelessly depleting our planet's capacity to provide the food demanded by our ever-expanding communities: bit.ly/1HsnkhP

What you can do: bit.ly/1MNYIij

#JonathonPorritt   #SustainableFoodTrust   #sustainablepopulation   #populationgrowth   #ecologicalovershoot   #resourcedepletion   #sustainability   #food   #foodshortage   #famine  
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The United States and China are clear frontrunners when it comes to generating electricity via solar and wind. Yet, surprisingly, these five smaller and developing countries are also showing their potential with renewable energy.
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You probably know that our species has extracted a lot of fossil fuel from the ground. But have you ever wondered exactly how much has been extracted in your own lifetime? And would you like to know precisely WHEN our fossil fuel addiction is going to take our planet past the point of no return, and irreversibly lock us into at least 2C of global warming? How old would you guess you'll be when that moment comes?
There's nothing like seeing it for yourself, in real time, to get one's head around the massive, mindboggling, grimy reality of fossil fuel extraction. And now we can. An alarmingly accurate new interactive tool – perhaps best described as an "Oilometer" – shows how much fossil fuel is being sucked out of the ground worldwide this very minute – and then goes on to answer pretty much every oil extraction question our oily little heads can come up with.
Try the interactive fuel-ticker: bit.ly/1LkfyZ2

More information:
'Keep It In The Ground' Campaign: bit.ly/1Ketu6p

Find out how unsustainable human population growth drives the ever-increasing demand for massive quantities of cheap energy, which in turn props up the environmentally-disastrous fossil fuel industry: bit.ly/1ccAOju

#fossilfuels   #oilclock   #KeepItInTheGround   #Guardian   #oilindustry   #sustainability   #ecologicalovershoot #overpopulation   #populationgrowth   #energycrisis   #oilandgas   #sustainablepopulation  
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The Pacific Garbage Patch and landfills around the globe are overflowing with plastic waste, and you can circle the earth at the equator at least four times with all the soda and water bottles thrown away every year. But if an experiment from a Netherlands-based company proves successful, there could be a new use for all that plastic trash: road construction. Read more: bit.ly/1SoKcPO

See also:
Scientific American – 'World's Oceans Clogged By Millions of Tons of Plastic Trash': bit.ly/1HzIBBE

#sustainability   #pollution   #overpopulation   #sustainablepopulation   #roadbuilding   #recycling   #Netherlands   #plastic   #waste  
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"'Growth is good. We need growth for wealth, for jobs, to help the poor – without it society will collapse.' Or, at least, that’s the message we’re surrounded by, even though logic tells us growth can’t go on for ever on a planet with finite resources. (...) Growth is fine for children, but adults stop growing when they reach maturity. Letting go of growth as we strive for a steady-state world isn’t scary or threatening, it’s growing up. Here’s a powerful story for our times: this is our coming of age, where we leave childhood behind and proceed to an adult future." Read more: bit.ly/1SkDVV4

Find out more about why infinite growth is not sustainable on a finite planet: bit.ly/1BhTntm

Download Population Matters briefing: 'New Economic Models': bit.ly/1JTdnte

An alternative to infinite resource-depletion: steadystate.org

#growth   #GDP   #economicgrowth   #populationgrowth   #PonziScheme   #sustainablepopulation   #sustainableeconomy   #steadystateeconomy  
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The $31 billion marijuana-growing business is draining local streams and allowing pesticide runoff to poison fish and wildlife, and it’s “high time” to include environmental regulations in the legalization conversation, states a new report published this week by a team of scientists from the Nature Conservancy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and University of California Berkeley.
Read more: bit.ly/1CAA9Qa

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Download PDF report from the journal 'BioScience': ''High Time for Conservation: Adding the Environment to the Debate on Marijuana Liberalization' --- bit.ly/1NmSoOP

#marijuana   #weed   #environment   #waterresources   #watershortage   #California   #CA   #drought   #Californiadrought   #aquifers   #sustainability   #overconsumption   #overpopulation  
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"As Britain faces a population increase of around 10 million in the next couple of decades, and as all the main political parties are committed to building more than 200,000 houses per year, the HS2 high-speed railway, and more airport runways, there is little doubt that the natural environment faces challenges ... as never before," writes Dieter Helm in The Guardian. "Natural capital should, therefore, be at the heart of economics and economic policy – but it isn’t. As a consequence we abuse nature, drive species to extinction, and destroy ecosystems and habitats without much thought to the consequences. The damage won’t go away; as we wipe out perhaps half the species on the planet this century and induce significant climate change, the economic growth we take for granted will be seriously impaired. Put simply, our disregard for natural capital is unsustainable – it will not be sustained."
Read more: bit.ly/1CAtm9o

Find out how unsustainable global human population growth underlies all the factors that drive environmental degradation worldwide: populationmatters.org

What you can do: bit.ly/1cXEfeJ

#NaturalCapital   #GDP   #economicgrowth   #sustainablepopulation   #environment   #sustainability   #pollution   #habitatloss   #extinction   #UK   #populationgrowth   #overpopulation   #urbandevelopment   #economy  
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