Question of the Month

How Can We Eradicate Poverty Whilst Avoiding Environmental Destruction?

The following answers to this timely and vital question each win a random book.

Global poverty is a manifestation of the imbalance between the ‘carrying capacity’ of a region and its population. The environmental catastrophe which looms and for which the current plans for carbon emission reduction are manifestly either inadequate or impossible is the result of exactly the same cause. Spaceship Earth obviously has a maximum capacity to support life at a tolerable standard. If that is exceeded, the environment and the life it supports both suffer. Plotting the increase in population against time on a graph shows an exponential curve, very similar to the growth of the population of a virus.

This article is available to subscribers only.

If you are a subscriber please Log In to your account.

To buy or renew a subscription please visit the Shop.

If you are a subscriber you can contact us to create an account.

close

This site uses cookies to recognize users and allow us to analyse site usage. By continuing to browse the site with cookies enabled in your browser, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.