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Population Control Zealot To Speak At The Vatican

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Andrew Follett Energy and Science Reporter

Population control zealot Paul Ehrlich will speak at the Vatican for a “population and environmental workshop” in late February.

The Pontifical Academy Of Science invited Ehrlich, a Stanford professor famous for warning about the “population bomb,” to host a seminar on the “Causes and Pathways of Biodiversity Losses” as part of a larger conference on potential environmental problems. Ehrlich will co-host the seminar with Partha Dasgupta, a patron of the group Population Matters.

“[W]e haven’t addressed the question whether the Earth system is able to support the demands that humanity has been making on it, nor how global inequality and poverty relate to that,” reads a summary of the workshop. “The survival of the natural world, and ultimately our survival, depends on our adoption of principles of social justice and sustainability. And sustainability requires care for the biodiversity that supplies the services that enable humanity to live and prosper.”

In the 1960s and ’70s, Ehrlich promoted the view humanity would starve to death in mass famines caused by environmental disaster and overpopulation.

He co-published “The Population Bomb” with the Sierra Club in 1968. In the book, he predicted “100 to 200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” He predicted that millions of humans would starve to death in the 1970s and 1980s, mass famines would sweep England.

Ehrlich’s predictions largely failed to materialize, and, instead, a massive agricultural revolution boosted the world’s food supply in the following decades. The number of people living in poverty has significantly declined and the amount of food per person has steadily increased, despite population growth.

India, where Ehrlich predicted mass famines were supposed to begin, recently became one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products and food supply per person in the country has drastically increased in recent years.

Pope Francis previously called global warming a “sin against creation”, and he blamed warming, in part, for Europe’s refugee crisis.

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