Synopses & Reviews
Six Billion Plus explores world population growth and its implications for the twenty-first century. With a population currently exceeding six billion and expected to reach ten billion by mid-century, the world's demographic situation is more critical than ever, by almost any measure. While the developed world faces its own problems with an aging population and population decline, most of the growth will occur in the developing world. And so the strongest factors shaping the global environment in the decades to come will include population fertility, social and economic impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, legal and illegal immigration, and refugees. The implications are enormous; population growth exacerbates food and resource scarcities, places pressure on institutions, and promotes the potential for conflict.
Recognizing that world population growth will continue well into the twenty-first century, Six Billion Plus offers a geographical and global perspective on the implications of this trend. This compact, illustrated, and accessible text focuses on many of the strongest factors that will shape the global environment in the decades to come, including population fertility, epidemics like HIV/AIDS, legal and illegal immigration, refugee flows, scarce resources, and the potential for conflict. Six Billion Plus is ideal for population courses in geography as well as in areas such as economics, sociology, and politics. Visit our website for sample chapters!