Overstretched

26 10 2007

Earth

My apologies for spoiling your breakfast. Via the SMH, a new UN report suggests that we are well beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity and many millions of people are suffering from disability or death related to environmental harms. Hard not to feel paralysed by such grim tidings. It will take unprecedented global co-operation to avoid catastrophic damage to the Earth’s living systems (and to human life and wellbeing).

 

POPULATION PRESSURE TAKES EARTH TO ITS LIMITS

Marian Wilkinson Environment Editor
October 26, 2007

THE most authoritative scientific report on the planet’s health has found water, land, air, plants, animals and fish stocks are all in “inexorable decline” as 2007 became the first year in human history when most of the world’s population lived in cities.

The United Nations’ Global Environment Outlook-4 report, released in New York, reveals a scale of unprecedented ecological damage, with more than 2 million people possibly dying prematurely of air pollution and close to 2 billion likely to suffer absolute water scarcity by 2025.

Put bluntly, the report warns that the 6.75 billion world population, “has reached a stage where the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available”.

And it says climate change, the collapse of fish stocks and the extinction of species “may threaten humanity’s very survival”…………..

-continued here.

For an interesting contrast, here are the top 20 search terms on Yahoo (US) right now:

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Dancing with the Stars.
Britney Spears.
Hi-5.
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Halloween.
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Soulja Boy.
Jessica Alba.
San Diego Fire.
Jennifer Lopez.
Sarah Welch.
Beyonce Knowles.
Clubpenguin.com
Flickr.
Boston Red Sox.

I guess its good to see people aren’t panicking over the news from the UN.

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