The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Frederick A. B. Meyerson
An ecologist, Meyerson is assistant professor of demography, ecology, and environmental policy at the University of Rhode Island. His expertise is in population policy and the interactions between human demographic change and the environment. In 1999 and 2001, he served as a contributing writer for the U.N. Population Fund annual report, “State of World Population.” Previously, he was a nongovernmental organization delegate to the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit and the 1994 U.N. International Population and Development Conference. He is on the national board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the advisory board of the Population Media Center.
Human population continues to grow by more than 75 million people annually. Since the first
Earth Day in 1970, global population and annual carbon dioxide emissions have both increased by
about 70 percent. As a result,