Population And Economic Development

Population And Economic Development

It's not working. For years, people who were against family planning could argue, and hope, and pretend, and weave tales about the glories of open grasslands in Kazakhstan as an answer to the world's population problem--and some people listened. But now, in a sudden rush of new information about both population pressures and the Earth's sheer sustainability, we can clearly see how foolishly self-destructive that approach has been and continues to be.
As we approach this much-vaunted millennium, we first have to realize that, as a new report from the Population Reference Bureau puts it, "In the history of the world, no century can match the ...

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now the whole population problem, across the board, is becoming the pivotal center to the question of whether societies can develop and provide decent lives for their people, or whether they will doom themselves to the internal conflict and chaos that overpopulation inevitably brings.
From the recently published Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge, from the WorldWatch Institute and its President, Lester Brown: "Tragically, the world is dividing into two parts: One where population growth is slowing as fertility falls, and one where population growth is slowing as mortality rises." That means that, without intelligent strategies to slow population growth, "1/3 of humanity could slide into a demographic black hole," without sufficient water or cropland.
We know which countries these are. For instance: Nigeria's population is projected to rise from 111 million today to 244 million in 2050. Pakistan's projected growth will be from 146 million today to ...

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