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Population Dilemma

(This is the problem that drives all the others.)

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Some statements of the problem:

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Collapse Jared Diamond Video/Book Collapse Kl Co History of civilizations that fell apart
Collapse of Complex Societies Joseph Tainter Book Collapse OIT "Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history...[the author] develops a new and far-reaching theory that accounts for collapse among diverse kinds of societies."
The Essential Exponential Albert Bartlett Book Pop. OIT Imagine sustained growth of anything at a rate of 7% per year: world population, oil consumption, energy use. Doesn't sound too bad, right? But at 7% per year your initial usage DOUBLES every decade.
Food, Energy, and Society David Pimentel Book Pop., crisis ILL Third edition -- "presents an updated and expanded analysis of the interdependency of food, energy, water, land, and biological resources."
Full Planet, Empty Plates Lester Brown Book Pop., food ILL "The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity"
N^n Scott Bontz Article pop, glbl food KSC This article, in the Fall, 2013 Land Report (p. 11), gives a detailed picture of the invention of the 'Haber process' for producing ammonia from atmospheric nitrogen, and its world-wide adoption that grew the world population from 1.6 billion in 1900, to 7.1 billion today. The joker, of course, is that such production critically depends on cheap fossil fuels. Happy New Year, everyone!
Overshoot Catton, William Book Environment OIT How our population & resource consumption have out-stripped Earth's carrying capacity
The Population Bomb Paul Ehrlich Book Envir, Liv sust Kl Co Originally pub. in 1968. The metaphor in the title is apt. To reach sustainability... how DO you stop population growth?

Some possible resolutions...?

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Homefront Sharon Astyk Book Pop choices KSC Astyk's treatment (starts on p. 87) of the human drive to over-populate the planet -- and the foreseeable consequences -- is the most central, and most reasonable, that I've seen. Find a copy, share it with your family, your neighbors, your church...

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