UN, Climate Change and Population Control

The UN released a report late last week linking climate growth to climate change. The press release emphasizes womens’ empowerment, while the report, The State of World Population 2009 focuses on “putting people at the centre,” read: curbing the world’s population through more birth control options. “The climate-change debate needs to be reframed, putting people at the centre. Unless climate policies take people into account, they will fail to mitigate climate change or to shield vulnerable populations from the potentially disastrous impacts.” Who is responding to the report that stops “short of directly encouraging population control?” Catholic New Agency, and the Associated Press. One questions I ask is, what is the link between all of these news sources? And what impact will the report have on the December 7 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen?

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