To conserve or exploit: the choice is ours

June 30, 2017

 

 

The environmental footprint of humanity is truly massive, covering some 80 percent of Earth. Indeed, over our planet’s 4.5 billion year history — at least two-thirds of which has sustained life — no other species has ever come close to us when it comes to consuming the world’s energy, resources, and land area.

 

That’s a scary thought, especially as we contemplate the environmental consequences of having up to 12 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.

 

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