Overconsumption vs Overpopulation

Posted on 19-04-2011 by emily

An interesting article by Fred Pearce about overconsumption by rich nations having a far greater impact on global carbon emissions than overpopulation.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/consumption_dwarfs_population_as_main_envir...

Some quotes:
"Stephen Pacala, director of the Princeton Environment Institute, calculates that the world’s richest half-billion people — that’s about 7 percent of the global population — are responsible for 50 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Meanwhile the poorest 50 percent are responsible for just 7 percent of emissions."