The Population-Resources issue falls into two halves corresponding, roughly
speaking, to the northern and southern hemispheres. Asia, for our purposes,
we'll move south of the equator...Australia, New Zealand and South Africa,
north of it. Both sides are killing the world in different ways.
The industrialised, consumption-based North is quite simply eating the
planet alive. For good measure, we're poisoning it at the same time,
accounting for over two-thirds of the greenhouse gases and virtually all
the poisons in the sea.
The South, on the other hand, although barely making a scratch on the
surface in terms of its consumption of resources, is suffocating the
Earth through sheer numbers.
Over-population, coupled with the South's poverty, leads to deforestation
and land degradation. Deforestation increases carbon dioxide, the principle
greenhouse gas. Also, rice paddies and domestic cattle - the food supply
for two billion people - are a major source of methane, another of the gases
that combine to cause global warming. It's a more honest form of pollution
than the North's, but pollution all the same.
Some will argue that Southerners outnumber Northerners by ten to one already
and that population dismantlement 'across the board' would be unfair to the
North. The answer to that is that one Northerner does as much damage to the
Earth as ten Southerners.