The Royal Society says global growth in consumption and population is causing 'pressing' environmental problems, but that reducing consumption in the short-term is of 'utmost urgency'. Leo Hickman, with your help, investigates. Post your views below, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @LeoHickman9.15am: The Royal Society has published today a landmark report - 21-months in the making - that it says is the "first substantive offering" in its 350-year history on the topic of the "impacts of human population and consumption on the planet".The report (pdf, 5.7MB) lays out nine recommendations for, what it hopes, will "be a springboard for further discussion and action". In doing so, it appears to imply that rising consumption levels need tackling ahead of rising population levels:In the short term it is of the utmost urgency to reduce consumption and emissions that are already causing damage, for example greenhouse gases, deforestation, and land use change amongst others....
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