Population Growth is Not the Problem. It's HOW We Grow
"According to one recent estimate," writes Robert de Neufville on Anthropocene, "the Earth could—theoretically at least—produce food for more than 280 billion people."
In this sense, the survival of the human race on Earth is really an engineering problem. "Promising technologies that could increase the food supply and reduce our impact on planet’s environment are in development or are already available," de Neufville points out. And yet, the problem is that "a substantial majority of the world’s energy and land supports a wealthy minority of the population." Therefore, de Neufville argues, "what will determine our fate, to a large extent, is not whether the world economy grows, but how it grows."
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- The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
- It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
- On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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- Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
- Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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