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1502: People and the planet

This paper summarises some of the recommendations from a new Royal Society report ‘People and the Planet’. The summary has been prepared by Jan Drozd

Year of Publication2012

Rapid and widespread changes in the world’s human population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to human health and wellbeing, and the natural environment. The international community must bring the 1.3 billion people out of absolute poverty. The most developed and emerging economies must stabilise and then reduce material consumptions. Reproductive health and voluntary family planning programmes urgently require political leadership. Population and the environment should not be considered as separate issues.

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