Chapel Hill, NC
United States of America
For the past thirteen years I have worked as psychological consultant for the North Carolina Disability Determination Service(DDS) of the Social Security Administration(SSA). Prior to that I worked for a managed mental health care company now operating as Magellan Behavioral Healthcare. My professional experience has included extensive clinical work in inpatient and outpatient settings.
The focus of my energies currently is on emerging scientific research of the human overpopulation of Earth. These data have riveted my attention for nearly a decade and led me to found the Awareness Campaign on the Human Population in 2001. Except for my family to which I am primarily devoted and my work at DDS/SSA, I think and do little else now other than promote open discussion of scientific data related to global challenges that are potentially posed to humanity in Century XXI by the unregulated increase of certain distinctly human overgrowth activities now overspreading the surface of the planet we inhabit. According to a growing body of data, increasing per capita consumption of limited natural resources, a seemingly endless expansion of production capabilities in a finite world, and the skyrocketing rise in absolute global human population numbers are occurring synergistically on the surface of Earth and could be patently unsustainable at their current scale and rate of growth.
Because the global growth of human over-consumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities are a source of continuously deepening concern, and occasionally awaken me in the middle of the night, I have been regularly sending dozens of letters to editors, hundreds of missives into the blogosphere and thousands of e-mails into cyberspace. Always the theme is the same. It is simply this: Earth's body is finite, its resources are limited, and its ecosystem services capable of irreversible degradation by the huge scale and anticipated growth of human over-consumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities, the ones we see rampantly overspreading the surface of our planetary home in our time. Earth does not resemble a mother's teat at which the human species may forever suckle. Despite the assurances of many economists and politicians, Earth is not a cornucopia. No possible way.
The unbridled growth of the human species presents a colossal challenge to the family of humanity. The Earth as a constant, seemingly endless provider of whatsoever human beings desire is a fantasy ... a widely shared, consensually validated, distinctly human product of wishful and magical thinking ... a chimera spawned from economic expediency, political convenience and human greed, I suppose.
Hopfenberg R. (in press). Genetic Feedback and Human Population Regulation. Human Ecology.
Hopfenberg R. 2003. Human Carrying Capacity Is Determined by Food Availability. Population & Environment, 25(2), pp. 109-117.
Hopfenberg R and Pimentel D. 2001. Human Population Numbers as a Function of Food Supply. EnvironDevSustain, 3, pp. 1-15.
SALMONY has (co)authored:
Salmony, SE. 2006. The Human Population: Accepting Species Limits. EnvironHealthPerspect, 114(1): A17-A18.
Salmony, SE. 2005. Invoking the Precautionary Principle. EnvironHealthPerspect, 113(8): A539-A540.
Salmony, SE. 2004 The Human Population: Accepting Earth's Limitations. EnvironHealthPerspect, 112(17): A979-A980.
Salmony, SE. 2004. Food and Population Growth. EnvironHealthPerspect, 112(6): A339-A340.