Population and climate
Population research pioneer Paul Ehrlich will be the keynote speaker at conference in Canberra this week.
put heat on planet
The impact of population growth, diminishing resources and climate change on Australia’s future will be discussed at the Fenner Conference on Environment, at the Shine Dome on 10 and 11 October.
Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University, Professor Ehrlich is an accomplished author, pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, and in raising issues of population, resources, and the environment as matters of public policy.
Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Professor Hugh Possingham FAA, Professor David Lindenmayer FAA from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, and Professor of Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Sydney, Chris Dickman, will address the severe impact of population growth on biodiversity.
Dr Michael Lardelli from Adelaide University will speak about peak oil, and mining engineer, Dr Simon Michaux, will talk about peak mining and the economic ramifications for Australia.
Other speakers include: President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory FAA; engineer and former international oil, gas and coal industry executive, Ian Dunlop; Chief Executive of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Dr Rhondda Dickson, and former Governor-General, Major-General Michael Jeffery, Australian Advocate for Soil Health.
“A four degree hotter world is a world of one billion people, not seven billion,” says Ian Dunlop.
For further information visit: www.population.org.au
Edition 382, 8 October 2013