People and preservation

As a global population landmark stirred the usual fears about feeding humankind last week, US President Bill Clinton moved to limit planetary bounty for the sake of nature. So goes environmental politics.It is altogether doubtful that Clinton's proposal to tuck away 40 million more acres into the US hoard of idle land will cause anyone to starve. But aims conflict here. On one hand, environmentalists worry that population growth stretches what they call the carrying capacity of Planet Earth. On the other hand they cheer every time a politician, in the name of preservation, locks away more planetary surface to ensure no one can do anything with it.The only consistent feature in this sc...

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