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Post Neon Knight on Wed 18 Oct - 0:22

https://www.populationmatters.org/nobel-scientists-cite-overpopulation-and-environmental-destruction-as-greatest-threats-facing-humanity/   Quoting:

A survey of 50 Nobel laureates has found that many recognise population growth to be among the greatest threats to humanity today.

A survey carried out by Times Higher Education, in association with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, drew responses from almost a quarter of living Nobel Prize winners for chemistry, physics, physiology, medicine and economics. Nobel Laureates were asked to respond to the questions: “What is the biggest threat to humankind, in your view? And is there anything science can do to mitigate it?”

One in three respondents cited population growth and environmental degradation, making this the highest-ranking threat in comparison to all other responses.



“Climate change [and providing] sufficient food and fresh water for the growing global population… are serious problems facing humankind,” responded one Laureate. “Science is needed to address these problems and also to educate the public to create the political will to solve these problems.”

Other respondents who cited environmental issues also mentioned concerns over feeding and supplying water, as well as opposition to genetically-modified products given their potential to boost agricultural output.

Threats also mentioned which ranked lower compared to population growth included nuclear war, infectious disease breakouts, ignorant leaders (including Donald Trump), as well as artificial intelligence.

According to John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, “There is a consensus that heading off these dangers requires political will and action, the prioritisation of education on a global scale, and above all avoiding the risk of inaction through complacency.”

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Post Magyar Lány on Wed 18 Oct - 23:54

@Neon Knight wrote:https://www.populationmatters.org/nobel-scientists-cite-overpopulation-and-environmental-destruction-as-greatest-threats-facing-humanity/   Quoting:

A survey of 50 Nobel laureates has found that many recognise population growth to be among the greatest threats to humanity today.

A survey carried out by Times Higher Education, in association with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, drew responses from almost a quarter of living Nobel Prize winners for chemistry, physics, physiology, medicine and economics. Nobel Laureates were asked to respond to the questions: “What is the biggest threat to humankind, in your view? And is there anything science can do to mitigate it?”

One in three respondents cited population growth and environmental degradation, making this the highest-ranking threat in comparison to all other responses.



“Climate change [and providing] sufficient food and fresh water for the growing global population… are serious problems facing humankind,” responded one Laureate. “Science is needed to address these problems and also to educate the public to create the political will to solve these problems.”

Other respondents who cited environmental issues also mentioned concerns over feeding and supplying water, as well as opposition to genetically-modified products given their potential to boost agricultural output.

Threats also mentioned which ranked lower compared to population growth included nuclear war, infectious disease breakouts, ignorant leaders (including Donald Trump), as well as artificial intelligence.

According to John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, “There is a consensus that heading off these dangers requires political will and action, the prioritisation of education on a global scale, and above all avoiding the risk of inaction through complacency.”

We should nuke the overpopulated areas, and every problem solved. (joke)

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Post Neon Knight on Thu 19 Oct - 0:12

magyar_lány wrote:We should nuke the overpopulated areas, and every problem solved. (joke)
That reminds me of an ex-member of TA, Beitel from the Netherlands, who said he would nuke everything south of the Rhine Grin

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Post Magyar Lány on Thu 19 Oct - 0:18

@Neon Knight wrote:
magyar_lány wrote:We should nuke the overpopulated areas, and every problem solved. (joke)
That reminds me of an ex-member of TA, Beitel from the Netherlands, who said he would nuke everything south of the Rhine  Grin

Maybe he or she is my distant relative. Wink 2

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