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Draconian measures driven by xenophobia are not necessary to slow the expansion of our numbers. Nor do we need pandemics, famines or wars to cull our numbers. So long as we continue to invest in education, public health, access to contraception and global trade, our numbers are likely to decline naturally and painlessly.
Everyone enjoys Christmas lights and Christmas carols. But what would be a nice message to people who do not know much about the Bible or believe it?
I think it would be to say to all the shoppers in the malls, that they are, themselves, "Christmas lights," lights against the darkness.
It's been clear for the last few years that the seven billion mark was imminent, and because we've been inching toward it for some time, many will ignore its larger implications. How will we handle all this extra demand for resources?
The UN's forecasters have estimated that Oct. 31 is the day world's population passes the 7 billion mark. Seven-thousand-million is a staggering number, and CBC News had some fun compiling this list t...