Health expert sees overpopulation as worst threat

It is encouraging to see the “P” word being mentioned in the media

The Australian 7 March 2009

HALTING the world’s rocketing population growth is the key to solving global warming — a solution that has been ignored or overlooked by leading climate change advocates.

That was the warning yesterday from an Australian health expert, who said UN forecasts of a global population of more than 9 billion people by 2050 spelt disaster for the world’s ecology.

Roger Short, honorary professor at the University of Melbourne’s faculty of medicine, nursing and health sciences, told a conference in Sydney yesterday that government-commissioned reviews — such as the Stern report in Britain and Australia’s Garnaut report — had not even mentioned the word “population”. Even the film by former US vice-president Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, had failed to focus on the dangers posed by unsustainable population growth.

“Global warming is a direct result of human activity,” Professor Short told The Weekend Australian.

“The more people there are, the worse the global warming threat gets.

“So we have got to do everything we can to control human population growth.

“We haven’t given the women of the world freedom from the tyranny — and I do mean tyranny — of unwanted fertility.

“If we could restore that freedom to women, the world could breathe a lot easier and we could look forward to the future because women would sort out the future for us.”

Also mentioned at The Age.

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