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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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Population and Climate Change Together

Population and Climate Change Together

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The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

Yale University Press

This chapter considers various issues associated with population and climate change. It looks briefly at how continued population growth accelerates climate change and how climate change amplifies the troubles produced by rapid population growth. The chapter finds that one of the mechanical ways in which population and climate change interact is the human consumption of fossil fuels. It describes the two revolutions required to bring about population and climate stability: a social revolution that improves equity, particularly women's status; and a technical revolution which yields vastly greater energy and materials efficiency compared to its present level. The chapter also discusses the general belief that these two revolutions are essential if a new balance is to be established between human beings and the environment required to sustain humans on Earth.

Keywords:   population, climate change, social revolution, materials efficiency, food production

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