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But these measures must be taken if the security of the
human race is to be insured. Perhaps science will offer a way to support
a population of 11 billion, and perhaps not. Governments must exercise
skepticism when making long-term policy decisions. Failure of the
world’s nations to act responsibly and in disregard of groundless hopes
may result in a period of human suffering only hinted at by the Irish
Famine of the Nineteenth Century.