Danny Dorling doesn’t think that we can address climate change without reducing inequality. At first, he seems a little surprised that I want to talk about it. “I don’t often get asked that,” he admits, “but you’ve asked the right question.”

Environmentalists are usually more interested in Dorling – who is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford – for his work on demography and human numbers, as the debates around overconsumption and overpopulation continue to rage across sustainability circles.

His provocative book Population 10 Billion argued that the ...


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