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
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A physicist, Desvaux is a trustee of the Optimum Population Trust. He has spent a majority of his professional life directing independent research on high-temperature materials and components used in fossil fuel and nuclear power plants. While at ERA Technology Ltd. in Britain, he developed a world market for services in plant-life assessment. Since retiring, his interests have shifted to issues of ecology, demography, the history of human impact on the environment, and global warming.
It's true that in places where birthrates remain high, e.g. sub-Saharan Africa, per-capita emissions are quite low. Joseph Chamie and Betsy Hartmann see this as reason not to pursue a population policy to reduce emissions.
Joe Chamie calls targeting unintended fertility a "delay tactic" that hinders the immediate pursuit of reducing resource consumption. Again, we want to reiterate that we don't view this as an either-or proposition.
With due respect to Betsy Hartmann, we will not "break loose from the population debate." The data demonstrate clearly that removing the many barriers to family planning worldwide--including simply making contraceptives realistically accessible and providing correct birth-control inform