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Did anyone watch this BBC Panorama report last night…?

It’s made me think twice, that’s for sure.
Worth watching a second time to try and grasp more of the detail, too shocking first time. Now add in lithium mining in S America and yes wait for it - Neodymium! Am beginning to feel like a old stuck record. Good luck to the nuns - God bless.
 
Velma's Dad

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Overpopulation is the problem but no government will discuss this.
Climate change falls into the category of "wicked problems" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_problem), of which one characteristic is a diversity of view on what the problem "is".

Obviously GHG emissions are ultimately connected to population numbers, in the sense that if no people, no emissions. But... birth rates are heading steeply downwards in most parts of the world - due largely the education of girls and healthcare advances. During my lifetime the average number of births per woman has dropped from 4.5 to 2.4, and the decline is accelerating. In the same period total fossil fuel emissions have gone up from 2.5 to 10 Gt and is still rising.

So unless you're envisaging doing away with or at least compromising the life expectancy of some of the people already walking the earth, population control doesn't seem to me to be the 'solution to the problem'.

In any case, by far the biggest chunk of emissions are by a small group of us humans - there are various measures of that but one is that the wealthiest 1% of the world's population emits more CO2 than the poorest 50% (Oxfam/Stockholm Environment institute). So if the richest nations/people changed their behaviour, the CC problem would be largely resolved or at least more easily managed without any attempt to modify population trends, even if any ethical methods to do that existed.
 
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An extreme form of feminist might argue that you could safely cull 99% of males, put the remaining 400 million or so males out to stud, and allow women to better manage the planet.

That simply wouldn’t work.
A roomful of females, usually ends with infighting to the death…
 
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An extreme form of feminist might argue that you could safely cull 99% of males, put the remaining 400 million or so males out to stud, and allow women to better manage the planet.
That would probably suit us... because, let's face it, we're all assuming we'd be members of the 1%, aren't we?
:Grin
 
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So unless you're envisaging doing away with or at least compromising the life expectancy of some of the people already walking the earth, population control doesn't seem to me to be the 'solution to the problem'.
You would need a vaccine or something and then force everyone to take
it and that could never happen.
 
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An extreme form of feminist might argue that you could safely cull 99% of males, put the remaining 40 million or so males out to stud, and allow women to better manage the planet.

Yeah....

A roomful of women drinking wine whilst one male watches football, belches, farts and falls to sleep :shocked
 

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