This comes days after US special envoy for climate John Kerry stressed that global population growth is not sustainable with the number of people expected to reach ten billion in 2050.
In an interview with AFP in Oslo on Saturday, Kerry said: "Personally, I don't think that's sustainable. We have to figure out how to deal with sustainability and how many people we have to take care of on the planet."
Since November, the Earth's population has officially exceeded 8 billion, more than three times its 1950 figure. As food and energy needs threaten the planet's resources and climate, the number is expected to approach ten billion (9.7 billion) by mid-century, according to UN projections.
The Earth's temperature has risen by about 1.2 degrees Celsius since the pre-industrial era, leaving very little room to achieve the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Feeding 8 billion people currently generates more than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change, about 40 percent due to livestock and food waste, with the rest linked to rice production, fertilizer use, land conversion and deforestation.
Hence, climate change, in turn, complicates food production through droughts, floods and other extreme weather events.
For his part, the United Nations senior adviser on climate change, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Moneim, said in statements to Sky News Arabia that climate change has damages, and these damages affect people's ability to coexist.
- Climate change leads to higher temperatures, which reduces rainfall, droughts, floods and fires such as those currently occurring in Canada, and sea level rises.
- All this results in humans losing their own food sources, and their lives are threatened because climate change affects the factors of their food production such as water, land, forests, etc.
- Climate mutations, for example, threaten the Earth through desertification, threaten livestock through new viruses, and threaten plant wealth through fires, thus narrowing the planet with humans in terms of the difficulty of living on it.
The consultant of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Magdy Allam, agreed with him in his interview with Sky News Arabia, that climate change threatens the sources of life on Earth and thus affects the ability of humans to coexist, pointing out that the earth is able to accommodate more than 10 billion people, but the problem is in threatening the sources of life on it.
- The high temperature threatens food sources, especially wheat in the whole world, because the high temperature slows down the growth of wheat, and therefore agricultural research centers modify wheat genes to be able to withstand climate changes from high temperature and lack of water.
- Studies confirm that by 2050 we will lose 15 percent of global wheat production, and the impact extends everywhere in the world, even in America and China.
- FAO confirms that we are currently facing severe weather phenomena and changes, and 3 famous crops will be affected by these changes: wheat, coffee and cotton, although some believe that the rise in temperature will increase cotton production.
- According to FAO, there is the Naxas Triangle, the Food Security Triangle, made up of three elements, water, food and energy, i.e. an imbalance in one of the three elements that threatens the ability of humans to live above the earth.
- It was expected that the Earth's temperature would rise by an average of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, which is an acceptable rate, but unfortunately recent reports confirm that the Earth's temperature in 2050 will increase by more than 2.5 degrees Celsius, because the rate of increase is currently more than 1.2 degrees Celsius.
- In search of solutions, countries tended to solve the carbon crisis, some tended to store it in icy areas, and some tended to follow the production of biofuels from carbon in a cycle called the opposite of the carbon cycle.
- In order to be able to coexist and increase the Earth's capacity to absorb humans, alternatives must be sought that mitigate the pace of global warming.
- Criminalize the burning of agricultural and forest residues, and expand the cultivation of carbon-absorbing trees such as mangroves.
- Reducing meat consumption also leads to reducing cattle breeding because it is the largest producer of methane, which helps in high temperature.
- Following the right controls that reduce the temperature of the earth makes it capable of absorbing an infinite number of people.