Beyond Malthus: The Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge

1st Edition

Lester R. Brown, Gary Gardner, Brian Halweil

Routledge
Published October 1, 1999
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9781853836565 - CAT# Y122504
Series: The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series

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Summary

On the bicentennial of Malthus' legendary essay on the tendency of population to grow more rapidly than the food supply, this book examines the impacts of population growth on 19 global resources and services, including food, fresh water, fisheries, jobs, education, income and health. Despite current hype of a 'birth dearth' in parts of Europe and Japan, the fact remains that human numbers are projected to increase by over 3 billion by 2050. Populations in rapidly growing nations are in danger of outstripping the carrying capacity of their natural support systems and governments in such situations will find it increasingly hard to respond to crises such as AIDS, food and water shortages and mass unemployment. Beyond Malthus examines methods such as the expansion of international family planning, investment in educating young people in the developing world and promotion of a shift towards smaller families which will represent the most humane response to the possible ravages of the population explosion.

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