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Started 23rd Sep, 2022

Which one is more concerning - Climate change or overpopulation?

Climate change is a real challenge to humanity and it is getting the necessary attention. Scientists and leaders are looking for adaptation strategies to reduce the impacts of climate risks, which is the right thing to do.
To me, population growth is the other real and important challenge to humanity and ecological sustainability. However, I always fail to understand why scientists and global leaders are not paying the necessary attention to this issue and not allocating adequate resources to proper regulation before it is too late. What are your thoughts on this matter?

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7th Oct, 2022
Tadesse Fikre Teferra
Hawassa University
I totally agree Rahim Alijani
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23rd Sep, 2022
Ilan Kelman
University College London
They are connected, so should not be traded off. Instead, work on all topics together:
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23rd Sep, 2022
Emmanuel V Murray
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
Climate Change and it's implications. If not addressed, life on planet earth may just end. Over population on the other hand is a minor issue.
26th Sep, 2022
Kaushik Gupta
University of Manitoba
Climate change is currently the most pressing global scientific issue, but to be practical it has always been there and always will be. That is how the climate equilibrium works, being said that I don't think it is to be taken lightly. The only human dimension of climate change is the anthropogenic activities that in a way accelerate this change. Scientifically we cannot stop it or reverse the effects. The earth has a climate clock, and it resets itself. We are in the 6th cycle, for 5 cycles earth has gone from extreme hot to ice age and back, it's imperative to maintain this equilibrium. We cannot stop this, it's a natural process but yes, we help it accelerate or decelerate.
On the other hand, growing human population is a sensitive issue, some would agree it is more pressing than climate change. It threatens a spectrum of systems, food security, resource utilization, power generation and consumption and obviously climate change. Control over population growth can be a relevant answer to the global climate crisis. But it is not something that can be controlled easily. Religious, social, economic, territorial aspects of population make it a complex issue to resolve. It is a Global issue and needs a global agreement that makes it relatively impossible to resolve.
26th Sep, 2022
Tadesse Fikre Teferra
Hawassa University
Thank you so much for the reply. It makes clear sense.
29th Sep, 2022
Stanley Wilkin
University of London
While population is certainly crucial to climate change and its effects, the President of Brazil is overseeing the destruction of the Amazon in an attempt to make money in the present rather than having a decent life for all in the future. Like Putin, he has dictatorship ambitions. Isn't this by itself more of an immediate problem than population growth, that is politics.
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29th Sep, 2022
Tadesse Fikre Teferra
Hawassa University
That is very true Stanley Wilkin
1st Oct, 2022
Douglas Nuttall
Overpopulation is a local problem, repeated numerously around the world. Climate change is a global problem, repeated continuously around the world.
Solving either problem makes the other easier to address.
As I live in Canada, I think climate change is a bigger problem than overpopulation. If I were living downtown in a mega-city, then I might have a different opinion.
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2nd Oct, 2022
Tadesse Fikre Teferra
Hawassa University
I certainly agree with the climate change issue, but overpopulation is not just a local issue. Europeans have been dealing with the illegal migration of people from Africa and the middle east for decades now and it is likely that people continue migrating to the developed world looking for better lives. Overpopulation also cont ributes to the devastation of climate change, I believe. In the long run, I feel that Overpopulation remains the most concerning change.
7th Oct, 2022
Rahim Alijani
  • if your question were like this, it would have been better. Which one is more concerning - Climate change, overpopulation, wars, Infectious diseases or OTHERS?
  • Anyway yet the world has not recovered from Covid 19 fully. But when we follow academic texts regarding Zoonotic Diseases, the threat is great specially viruses. you might like to have a look at this presentation
  • Some times when we go through scholarly books, we understand that a great part or share of our earth problem is based in the hand of dishonest scientists. Like the cover of the book I have attached. there are too many cases like this. Many of us in universities only think of having publications and those in industries want more profits, economical gains. Both (academia and industries) think of personal gains, but the cost is great and for all of us around the world... who cares?
  • I have spoken and cited the dishonesty of scientists in numerous discussions in RG, if any one wish to read.
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7th Oct, 2022
Tadesse Fikre Teferra
Hawassa University
I totally agree Rahim Alijani
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