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February 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Octuplets

Outgrowing the planet

I am writing in response to your Feb. 4 article about the mother of octuplets [“Mother of octuplets not feeling the love,” News].

The Earth’s population reached 6 billion in 1999 and is expected to be 7 billion in 2011, only 12 years later. It will then increase by another billion in even less time. At this rate, a baby born today will see the planet’s population double within its lifetime.

This is happening despite all the rhetoric of its deniers; the population bomb is real.

It doesn’t take an Einstein to recognize that the proliferation of the human species will outstrip the planet’s capacity to sustain it and will present our next generation with one of its greatest, if not the greatest, environmental disasters.

Why should anyone be applauded or rewarded who contributes to or expedites this process?

— Herb Aldinger, Seattle

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