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Population growth and the MDG's.

Population growth and the Millenium Development Goals. Canberra, Australia. March 14-15, 2008.

Climate change is occurring faster than was predicted in the 1990s. Darfur is an example of the conflict and social breakdown resulting from drying. Fish numbers peaked in the 1980s, and the warming of oceans will displace commercial fisheries. There is increasing carbonic acid in waters, acidifying oceans and endangering the chalky substances on which tiny life depend. World food prices have risen sharply, and poorer nations have lower adaptive capacity.

The States cannot wait. States can act on afforestation, sustainable water [not desalination], energy generation, family planning and transport. The world is not like the Magic Pudding.

Professor Tony McMichael, Australian National University.

Climate Change and the MDG's: Diversion or Subversion

 

Prof. Prof Tony McMichael is an Australian Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. His books include Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease (Cambridge, 2001) and Climate Change and Human Health (WHO, 2003).