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Colin D. Butler & Kerryn Higgs

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 57: Health, Population, Limits and the Decline of Nature

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Health, Population, Limits and the Decline of Nature
Health, Population, Limits and the Decline of Nature
Colin D. ButlerKerryn Higgs

It would be some consolation for the feebleness of ourselves and our works if all things should perish as slowly as they come into being; but as it is, increases are of sluggish growth, but the way to ruin is rapid. (Seneca, ad 64)

Introduction

The main purpose of this chapter is to argue that global population health is in peril, due to a crisis rooted in our species’ lack of respect for nature, and the conceit that humans have largely mastered nature, and nature will do as we wish.1 To achieve our aim in a convincing way, we explore two parallel and closely related issues: human population ...

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