July 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Survival depends on consuming less, fewer people

A little over 200,000 more new people inhabit the Earth today than yesterday. Another 200,000 will join us tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. The United Nations has estimated that world population grows annually by 80 million people. At that rate – about 9,100 per hour – world population increases by roughly the size of Thurston County every day, and by 2050 will reach more than 10 billion.

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