I was relieved to read that Jonathan Shopley in his contribution to the 'ICE Climate Change Hearing' raised the issue of population growth as a serious threat (NCE last week).
It is, in fact, the most serious threat.
Last week, on BBC News, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation stated that it was wrong for conservation organisations to seek to limit the spread of agriculture. He said that as the world population grew from its present 6bn to the predicted 9bn, it would be necessary to use virgin land to grow the necessary food.
First: the 'virgin' land is not unused. It is used by rainforests, wildlife, indigenous tribes et al.
Second: by what mechanism will the population growth stop at 9bn? And, if not, what then?
All the world can live at 'western' levels, but only if its population falls to around 2bn.
We have the technology to maintain our standard of living at present levels and we have the technology to control population levels.
We currently have a choice, but we will not have for much longer if we continue to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that there is not a crisis.
Tom Moss, trmoss@tiscali. co. uk