Population policies, programmes and the environment

  title={Population policies, programmes and the environment},
  author={J. Joseph Speidel and Deborah C. Weiss and Sally A. Ethelston and Sarah M. Gilbert},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={3049 - 3065}
Human consumption is depleting the Earth's natural resources and impairing the capacity of life-supporting ecosystems. Humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively over the past 50 years than during any other period, primarily to meet increasing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel. Such consumption, together with world population increasing from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 6.8 billion in 2009, are major contributors to environmental damage. Strengthening family… 

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