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Genetics of Populations
coverBeyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge by Lester R. Brown, Brian Halweil, Gary Gardner.  

The burden of enormous populations is making itself felt: as governments struggle with the need to educate children, create jobs, and deal with the environmental effects of population growth, any new threat - such as AIDS or aquifer depletion - can rapidly escalate to disastrous proportions. The industrialized countries have held HIV infection rates among their adult populations to one percent or less, but infection rates are as high as one-quarter of the adult population in some African countries. With their rising mortality rates, more reminiscent of the Dark Ages than the bright millennium so many had hoped for, these countries are falling back to an earlier demographic stage with high death rates and high birth rates, and ultimately little growth in population. Events in many countries could spiral out of control, leading to spreading political instability and economic decline. In examining the stakes involved in potentially adding another 3.3 billion people to the world population over the next fifty years, the authors call for immediate expansion of international family planning assistance to the millions of couples who still lack access, and new investment in educating young people - especially women - in the Third World, helping to promote a shift to smaller families.

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Society for Human Population Control
This Society proposes government control of the human population worldwide.


As of 1999, the human race is reproducing itself without any intelligent control. If nothing is done, the population will grow to the point of limitation by scarce resources, at which point we can expect disasters of unprecedented magnitude. Additionally, the natural species of animals and birds which add so much joy to life will disappear forever.

Fortunately, we humans have the intelligence and the technical means to limit our population, if we have the will...

This site contains several succinct essays on the problems of overpopulation and what can be done about them.


ZPG: Zero Population Growth
Welcome to the Homepage of Zero Population Growth, Inc. ZPG is the nation's largest grassroots organization concerned with the impacts of rapid population growth and wasteful consumption. Population pressures exacerbate acute social problems such as teen pregnancy, poverty, hunger, homelessness and crime. Continued population growth is foremost among the factors aggravating critical environmental problems such as urban sprawl, air and water pollution, deforestation, wildlife extinction, and climate change.


Six Billion People
An exhibit from the Musée de l'Homme


The Web Directory:  Population
List of links to Social Science and Population by Web Directory.


United Nations Population Network
UN Population Division Department of Economic and Social Affairs  with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) 


United Nations Population Fund
Population, Empowerment, Development.  From the UN.


Population Research: Princeton University
The Office of Population Research at Princeton University is the oldest population research center in the country. Founded in 1936, it has trained 110 students who received doctoral degrees and more than 100 others who received one-year professional training. Many of these alumni occupy important professional positions in developing countries; others are on university faculties in this country and abroad.  


World Population Clock
According to the International Programs Center, U.S. Bureau of the Census, the total population of the World is...


United States Population Clock
According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States is...


US Census Bureau: Population Division
From the US Census Bureau website. 


Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race
Population Estimates, from the Census Bureau, provides estimates of the population of counties and states by age, sex, and modified race and Hispanic Origin for 1990-1997.   (Map)


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