What is the key limiting factor for human development?

Professor Paul Ehrlich from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences, explains.

- The key limiting factor for human development on this planet as a whole, is the ability of our environment to handle our waste products, Paul Ehrlic explains.

About Paul Ehrlich
Paul R. Ehrlich has pursued long-term studies of the structure, dynamics, and genetics of natural butterfly populations. He has also been a pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, and in raising issues of population, resources, and the environment as matters of public policy.

A central focus of his group is investigating ways that human-disturbed landscapes can be made more hospitable to biodiversity. The Ehrlich group's policy research on the population-resource-environment crisis takes a broad overview of the world situation, but also works intensively in such areas of immediate legislative interests as endangered species and the preservation of genetic resources.

Professor Ehrlich is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Ehrlich has received several honorary degrees, e.g. the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Volvo Environmental Prize, the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America.

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