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When the French tried to build a canal through Panama in 1880, malaria, yellow fever and other tropical nastiness wiped out 20,000 people and the project went bankrupt. It was a project of superlative...
Journalist Tom Englehart identifies the CEOs of energy giants such as Exxon, BP and Shell as "terrarists." He notes, there isn't a word for the ruin of the Earth and suggests "terracide" from the Latin word for earth.
It's difficult to imagine what it looks like to dig the current 1.5-million barrels of tar sands out of the Boreal Forest each day. So what would it look like if industry gets its way to dig up 5.2-million barrels a day by 2030? We've crunched the numbers and it's not looking pretty.
Supporting more people on a finite planet is a serious challenge. But in a world where hunger and obesity are both epidemics, reproduction rates can't be the main problem. And when we look at issues that are often blamed on overpopulation, we see that overconsumption is a greater factor in environmental destruction.