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A leading environmental writer looks at the unexpected effects—and possible benefits—of a shrinking, graying population

 

Is overpopulation the most important environmental issue of our time? Already widely covered on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN’s Amanpour, and NPR’s The Brian Lehrer Show, The Coming Population Crash begs to differ: half the world’s women are now having two children or fewer—in developing countries as well as in rich ones. Fred Pearce chronicles the troubling history of efforts to contain the demographic explosion, and then he dives into the environmental, social, and economic effects of our surprising demographic future: a shrinking, graying population; mass migrations; and, just maybe, a wiser world.

Synopsis:

A leading environmental writer looks at the unexpected effects—and possible benefits—of a shrinking, graying population

 

Over the last century, the world’s population quadrupled and fears of overpopulation flared, with baby booms blamed for genocide and terrorism, and overpopulation singled out as the primary factor driving global warming. Yet, surprisingly, it appears that the population explosion is past its peak—by mid-century, the world’s population will be declining for the first time in over seven hundred years. In The Coming Population Crash, veteran environmental writer Fred Pearce reveals the dynamics behind this dramatic shift and describes the environmental, social, and economic effects of our surprising demographic future.

About the Author

Fred Pearce is an award-winning former news editor at New Scientist. Currently its environmental and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History, and writes a regular column for the Guardian. He has been honored as UK environmental journalist of the year, among his other awards. His many books include When the Rivers Run Dry, With Speed and Violence(Beacon / 8573-8 / $16.00 pb), and Confessions of an Eco-Sinner (Beacon / 8595-0 / $16.00 pb). Pearce lives in England.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

 

Part One Malthusian Nightmares

1 A Dark and Terrible Genius

2 The Road to Skibbereen

3 Saving the White Man

 

Part Two Rise of the Population Controllers

4 An Ornithologist Speaks

5 The Contraceptive Cavalry

6 Three Wise Men

7 Six Dollars a Snip

8 Green Revolution

9 One Child

 

Part Three Implosion

10 Small Towns in Germany

11 Winter in Europe

12 Russian Roulette

 

Part Four The Reproductive Revolution

13 Sisters

14 Sex and the City

15 Singapore Sling

16 Missing Girls

17 Where Men Still Rule

 

Part Five Migrants

18 Waving or Drowning?

19 Migrant Myths

20 Footloose in Asia

21 God’s Crucible

 

Part Six Reaching The Limits

22 The Tigers and the Bulge

23 Footprints on a Finite Planet

24 Feeding the World

25 Slumdogs Arise

 

Part Seven Older, Wiser, Greener

26 The Age of the Old

27 Silver Lining

28 Peak Population and Beyond

 

Notes on Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001226
Author:
Pearce, Fred
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
PEARCE, FRED
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.7 x 5.8 x .84 in 1 lb

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Over the last century, the world’s population quadrupled and fears of overpopulation flared, with baby booms blamed for genocide and terrorism, and overpopulation singled out as the primary factor driving global warming. Yet, surprisingly, it appears that the population explosion is past its peak—by mid-century, the world’s population will be declining for the first time in over seven hundred years. In The Coming Population Crash, veteran environmental writer Fred Pearce reveals the dynamics behind this dramatic shift and describes the environmental, social, and economic effects of our surprising demographic future.

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