NANFA-- State of the Planet, in Science

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 27 Nov 2003 17:59:13 -0500

The new issue of the journal Science, 14 November 2003, vol. 302, starts a
four-issue feature analyzing the "State of the Planet". This issue has two
articles, one on growing human population and one "Prospects for
Biodiversity" written by Martin Jenkins of the UN Environment Programme in
Cambridge, UK. Neither article paints a pretty picture for the next 50
years; freshwater biodiversity is seen as being under elevated threat from
expanding human populations especially in South America and Africa. And then
there is the question of more huge dam projects in many areas...

Some readers will think this is crying wolf for no good reason. But if world
population really does increase to 9 billion by 2050, more land will be
needed to feed everyone, and the world's oceans are already essentially
played out.

This material is available online (for free I think!) at

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
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