The world cannot sustain its population growth without a drastic decline in living standards, the Duke of Edinburgh said in London yesterday.
The present population of five billion was forecast to increase to 14 billion by the middle of the next century. 'I do not see how 14 billion people will be able to live at anything more than subsistence level', he said.
India, for example, had trebled its population in the past 40 years. It was impossible for any country to improve its standard of living if it had to cope with that sort of increase in numbers.
The problem was not simply one for the developing countries. 'We will just run out of resources', he said.
The Duke, president of the World Wildlife Fund, was speaking at a press conference to mark its change of name; it will be known as the World Wide Fund for Nature, to reflect its interest in all aspects of conservation.
He said that when the fund was founded nearly 30 years ago it was known that a number of species of wild animals and plans had already become extinct, and that many more were in danger of extinction.
'Since then, it has become all too apparent that all the physical and biological system that make life possible on this planet are being progressively degraded and thrown off balance by the impact of the growing human population and its ever-increasing demands.
'All the indications are that the planetary life-support systems are seriously over-loaded.'
The damage being done to nature was going to make life extremely difficult in the future. 'We all want every human being to be able to enjoy a reasonable standard of living, but conventional belief is that this can be achieved by economic development. The snag is that you cannot have economic growth without further increasing the exploitation of natural resources', he said.
Scientists at London Zoo have made a breakthrough in their attempt to save the black rhino, an endangered species reduced in number by 98 per cent in the past 20 years.
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Gruinard Island, which was deliberately contaminated with anthrax in a biological warfare experiment during the Second World War, has been declared safe by the Ministry of Defense. The tiny island, barely half a mile off the north-west coast of Scotland, was contaminated in 1942 as part of a biological warfare experiment.
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A big decontamination program began in 1986.
Gruinard Island was inhabited up until the 1920s when seven families lived there. The MoD said yesterday that the island, under the original deal, had to be offered back to relatives of the original owners within six months of being declared official clear.
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