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The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-926662-50-3
Pages 136
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Vanessa Baird.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist™ Publications Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2011.


How many people can the planet sustain? With world population passing 7 billion and predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050 we are in the grip of a number panic about human resources. But is this panic justified or is it a fear tactic being used to support other agendas?

This No-Nonsense Guide looks at what the numbers really mean; why women in most parts of the world are having fewer children; what will happen to our societies as we all live longer; and how having babies relates to climate change. In doing so, author Vanessa Baird challenges the narrow focus on 'how many people' and suggests it could be one of our biggest mistakes.

Table of Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Are Too Many People Being Born?
  • A Brief History of Population
  • Being Alive, Staying Alive – And Growing Old
  • A Women's Body
  • For Richer, For Poorer
  • On the Move
  • Population and Climate Change
  • How Can We Feed Nine Billion?
  • Wild Things
  • Conclusion
  • Resources
  • Index
“This is a very readable, jargon-free book that challenges the many myths and inaccuracies about population. It also challenges us all to rethink what the real drivers of resource shortages, land degradation and global warming actually are.” –David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
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