The growth in human numbers, and the exploitation of the planet's surface for economic growth, has destroyed habitats and disrupted ecosystems on a scale without parallel: global warming and climate change will make things worse.
Nigeria's population has grown exponentially and is projected to surpass the United States' by 2050. Amid the boom, land has become increasingly scarce, and disputes over ownership are frequently turning bloody.
Australia needs a new partnership between all tiers of government to plan for population growth, with its largest cities currently growing at a rate not seen for more than 50 years, according to Infrastructure Australia.
Editor's note: This is adapted from a lecture Zoeller gave at the 51st Session of International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies: Science for Peace the World Over, in Erice, Italy, in August. It has been lightly edited.
Girls who are exposed before birth to chemicals commonly found in personal care products may hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren't exposed to these chemicals in the womb, a U.S. study suggests.
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The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world.