Jane O’Sullivan, BAgrSc, PhD, is a cross-disciplinary researcher spanning the nexus between agriculture and demography, embracing food security, ecological sustainability and economic development. She has participated in numerous collaborations with international colleagues in ecological economics, environmental philosophy, climate change responses and family planning promotion and implementation. Publications include: The burden of durable asset acquisition in growing populations (Economic Affairs 32:31-37, 2012); Population projections: recipes for action, or inaction? (Population and Sustainability 1:45-57, 2016); Synergy between population policy, climate adaptation and mitigation (in Hossain et al. (eds.) “Pathways to a Sustainable Economy: Bridging the Gap between Paris Climate Change Commitments and Net Zero Emissions.” Springer, 2018); Aging human populations: good for us, good for the earth (Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33:851-862, 2018); Climate change and world population (in Letcher (ed.) “The Impacts of Climate Change.” pp. 313-350, Elsevier 2021).
April 15th, 2022 | Season 3 | 1 hr 3 mins
discussion paper, ian lowe, jane o'sullivan, limits to growth, new report, population and climate change, spa, sustainable population australia
Did you know that climate mitigation models show that the only scenarios that avoid dangerous climate change are those which assume global population peaks in the next decade and then declines? Why is no-one talking about this? Luckily for us and the future of the planet, PGAP’s two guests for this episode, Professor Ian Lowe and Doctor Jane O’Sullivan, have written a new discussion paper ‘Population and Climate Change.’ Co-written with Doctor Peter Cook and commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia, this new report uses clear concise language with thorough scientific research to make a very strong case for the role that population plays in this warming world. PGAP speaks with Jane and Ian to unwrap the key points behind the discussion paper and to find out more about the stories behind these two inspiring people.