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Outlining his energy priorities, he said the country would not be held "hostage to dwindling resources, hostile regimes, and a warming planet". He called for greater fuel efficiency and an "energy economy" aimed at creating millions of jobs.
 Barack Obama USA energy environment oil
It's the great taboo of environmentalism: the size and growth of the human population. It has a profound impact on all life on Earth, yet for decades it has been conspicuously absent from public debate.


 environment taboo overpopulation sustainability
In 2008, Saudi Arabia ceased to be self sufficient in wheat production. It is looking to access land overseas to grow crops, possibly in Pakistan or the Horn of Africa. China is acquiring agricultural land in Southern Africa for similar purposes. And Daewoo Logistic is looking to lease land in Madagascar, to grow food for South Korea. Other countries in South Asia and the Gulf are considering similar moves. None of these countries needs...
 environment Saudi Arabia water food South Korea Madagascar
Famed for their unique biological treasures, the Galapagos Islands face irreversible damage unless tourism is curbed, according to conservationists.


 environment Charles Darwin Galapagos
"Water wars are coming!" the newspaper headlines scream. It seems obvious; rivalries over water have been the source of disputes since humans settled down to cultivate food. Even our language reflects these ancient roots: "rivalry" comes from the Latin rivalis, or "one using the same river as another". As the number of international river basins and impact of water scarcity has grown, so do the warnings that...


 war environment water interdependence peace
The UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are "difficult or impossible to meet" without curbing population growth, a UK parliamentary group says. It concludes that a high birth rate in poor nations contributes to poor health and education and environmental damage. The global population is forecast to reach about nine billion by 2050.


 environment overpopulation development
The global population is higher than the Earth can sustain, argues the Director of the British Antarctic Survey in the first of a series of environmental opinion pieces on the BBC News website entitled The Green Room. Solving environmental problems such as climate change is going to be impossible without tackling the issue, he says.


 environment overpopulation sustainability
The key to protecting and enhancing our environment is in the hands of the many, not the few. To adapt effectively to the challenges that will come with climate change, including biodiversity loss, water stress and forced migrations of species, we need to harness the information available and will to act at the local level.


 environment people local
In the U.S. (and elsewhere) people are more accustomed to exterminating insects than to eating them, but in scores of countries around the world--including Thailand, where food markets are stocked with commercially-raised water beetles and bamboo worms--bugs have long been a part of a well-balanced meal. Insect lovers like Gordon argue that entomophagy--the scientific term for consuming insects--could also be a far greener way to get...


 food environment insect
Overpopulation is the only problem. If we had 100 million people on Earth — or better, 10 million — no others would be a problem. (Current estimates put the planet’s population at more than six billion.) ... Overpopulation means that we are putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than we should, just because more people are doing it and this is related to overconsumption by people in general, especially in the ‘developed’ world.


 overpopulation environment
Experts have a stark warning: that unless we change course, the "perfect storm" of population growth, dwindling resources and climate change has the potential to converge in the next century with catastrophic results.


 overpopulation environment civilization