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Too many, too fast?

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It's the speed with which human numbers have grown over the last 250 years that lies absolutely at the heart of today's ecological crisis.

It is of course the height of political incorrectness to press such an assertion, but in 30 years of campaigning for environmental and social justice issues I've yet to meet a single person who has been able to explain to me how the facts of population growth allow for any other interpretation. People reading a book such as this will ‘sort of’ know the facts about population. Just as an aide-mémoire, four milestones are all we need to grasp the overall problem. In 1750, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Western Europe, total human numbers across the globe amounted to around 500,000,000 – half a billion people.
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Keywords: too fast; too many

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 09 September 2005

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