Askö in Stanford 2000: commentary by Terry Hughes

Hughes, Terry (2011) Askö in Stanford 2000: commentary by Terry Hughes. In: Söderqvist, Tore, Sundbaum, Anna, Folke, Carl, and Mäler, Karl-Göran, (eds.) Bringing Ecologists and Economists Together: the Askö meetings and papers. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 163-164.

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[Extract] The global human footprint depends on both population size and how each person impacts on their environment. From 2.5 billion in 1950, the world's population has grown to nearly seven billion people today, and it will almost certainly exceed nine billion by 2050. At the same time, per capita consumption has grown even more rapidly, due to increased affiuence and greater access to new technologies and global markets. The environmental impacts of human societies, and the dependence of people on ecosystem services, are undeniable. So from an ecological perspective, the answer to the question "are we consuming too much?" is obviously yes. Human development has come at a significant environmental cost, including the ongoing and growing impacts of pollution, habitat loss, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, over-fishing, and climate change.

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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 03:23
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