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Stopping global warming by cutting birthrates

Peter van Dyk | 12:21 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2007

Hi, this is Martin Vennard blogging again from our office in Bush House, where, despite the problems of flooding around the country and in our office at TV Centre on Friday, we've had no leaks today.

And on the subject of the climate, the man who is taking over in September as the head of the Science Museum in London, Chris Rapley, has said that global warming should be dealt with by reducing the birthrate around the world.

He told the Observer newspaper on Sunday: "What I am saying is that if we invest in ways to reduce the birthrate - by improving contraception, education and healthcare - we will stop the world’s population reaching its current estimated limit of between eight and 10 billion."

"That in turn will mean less carbon dioxide is being pumped into the atmosphere because there will be fewer people to drive cars and use electricity. The crucial point is that to achieve this goal you would only have to spend a fraction of the money that will be needed to bring about technological fixes, new nuclear power plants or renewable energy plants. However, everyone has decided, quietly, to ignore the issue."

We plan to speak to Mr Rapley in the programme on Monday or Tuesday so he can explain his view and, hopefully, answer questions from you, our audience.

Let us know what you think about his views and send us your phone number if you would like to take part in the programme.




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