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“In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something – namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below one billion people” – Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, New York Times, (March 2009).

This was predicted by Schellnhuber, one of Europe’s most eminent scientists, then director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, on the premise that if the build-up of greenhouse gases and its consequences were to push global temperatures 9°F higher than those of March 2009.

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