Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The US population is in terms of consumption many times that of China

Jared Diamond, author of “Collapse” and “Guns, Germs and Steel”, has an important editorial in the NYTimes. Core point: if India and China matched the consumption rate of the United States, it would be as if the world had 72 billion people living on it. And by no one's standard is that sustainable. He points out that it's not the number of people on Earth that matters but the number of people times their rate of consumption. In other words, in terms of the burden on the Earth, when we in the United States have a child, it's the equivalent of having 32 children in a place like Kenya where consumption is so low. LINK
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