Population: The Real Enemy
by A.B on February 21, 2018 - 7:01pm
Population: The Real enemy
Summary: The article I choose is called “Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse” written by Stephen Emmott from the Guardian. The purpose of his article was to inform the readers about the huge rise in population and how it is causing the demand for energy to rise and the stain this puts on other resources. The main point the author touches upon is how as demand goes up, the pollution goes up as well. For example the results of higher populations from today’s global population of 7 billion to 10 billion by the year 2050 means there’s more need for production of food and other products which require a lot of energy to make, the result is the use of oil, gas, coal have increased by a huge amount in order to meet the demand for energy consumption. The biggest problem with all this demand for energy is that it has led to an accumulation of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at 400 parts per million, which has not been seen in over a million years. The consequence to this high demand that the author suggests is how global energy is likely to triple this century these demands will have to be met by polluting forms of energy such oil, gas and coal despite optimistic forms of renewable energy technologies.
Opinion: I find the authors conclusions to be informative and logical. Everything has a limit that you can add to before it becomes unstainable. A lake may be big but if you keep adding fish to it at some point there is not enough oxygen to keep all alive. Because of humanities activities climate change is creating more extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods and droughts. All this has an effect on our ability to produce food. By the time we get to 10 billion people there will be less land due to soil degradation. Any mathematician would tell you this is not sustainable. If 7 people made the planet sick then 10 billion might be the same as cancer. Governments need to make renewable energy sources more attractive, affordable and mandatory. They must stop being pushed around by big oil companies and the opportunity to make a buck. The technologies exist but requires on effort on a global level to solve a global problem.