The United Nations Population Fund has released its annual State of the World Population Report entitled "Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate". This report goes farther than any U.N. report before it by unequivocally linking population growth with climate change, and it suggests that the only way to avoid climate "disaster" is to increase "family planning" services around the world, reduce fertility rates and encourage families around the world to have less children. As if to underline this point, in a statement accompanying the release of this new report, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid stated that "rapid population growth and industrialization have led to a rapid rise in greenhouse gas emissions. We have now reached a point where humanity is approaching the brink of disaster."
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