Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge by
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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This Society proposes government control of the human population
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.
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.
An exhibit from the Musée de l'Homme
List of links to Social Science and Population by Web
UN Population Division Department of Economic and Social
Affairs with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Population, Empowerment, Development. From the UN.
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.
According to the International
Programs Center, U.S. Bureau of the Census, the total population of the World is...
According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident
population of the United States is...
From the US Census Bureau website.
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)