Erhlich, Paul and Erhlich, A. – Population, Resources, and the Faith-Based Economy: the Situation in 2016
Today’s population–resource–environment situation is summarized in comparison with that pertaining in 1968 when The Population Bomb was published. The human predicament is now much more serious, since the human population has more than doubled in size since 1968, key resources are much more depleted, and environmental deterioration is substantially more advanced. It is concluded that a change of society as profound and far-reaching as the agricultural revolution may provide a slim hope of avoiding a collapse of civilization, a change so profound as to cause the disappearance of most of the features of the industrial age and the myths that sustain it.
O’Sullivan, J. and Martin, R. – The Risk of Misrepresenting the Demographic Dividend
Questions whether discourse about the ‘demographic dividend’ risks backfiring by distracting attention from fertility decline and implying (misleadingly) that, once the ‘demographic window’ opens, further declines in fertility and population growth are not necessary.
Pepper, Gillian et al – Why Demography Needs Psychologists
A behavioural scientist, an anthropologist and a demographer search for psychological answers to key questions about fertility and population dynamics.
Booth, Bob – The Ultimate Dilemma
Examines the conflict between our desire to procreate and need to limit our population.
Coole, Diana – Too Many Bodies? The Return and Disavowal of the Population Question
Identifies five discourses — population-shaming, population-scepticism, population-declinism, population-decomposing and population-fatalism — that foreclose public debate about population growth, and subjects them to critical analysis, finding signs of a hesitant revival of the population question alongside the enduring potency of silencing discourses.
Abel, G., et al – Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals Leads to Lower World Population Growth
Shows to what extent expected world population growth will be lower as a consequence of implementing the recently-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Quantitatively illustrates the view that demography is not destiny, and policies, particularly in female education and reproductive health, can greatly contribute to reducing world population growth.
Dawson, Ian and Johnnie Johnson – Does Size Matter? A Study of Risk Perceptions of Global Population Growth
Finds that global population growth is perceived as a moderate-to-high risk, with particular concerns about associated resource shortages, ecological damage and violent conflict, and an expectation that the worst effects will arrive around 2050 and be experienced by the world’s poorest people. Discusses how to better manage these challenges, and suggests directions for further research.
Canning, David et al – Africa’s Demographic Transition: Dividend or Disaster?
To generate an African economic takeoff, African countries need to speed up their fertility decline and create economic policies that embrace the opportunity offered by the demographic dividend. Child health, female education and women’s empowerment, particularly access to family planning, can speed this fertility transition.
Ross, Simon – Two More Manchesters
Explores the impact on the United Kingdom of another six million people — a 10 per cent increase, or the equivalent of two Greater Manchesters — by 2027. Considers the consequences of meeting this demand for housing, services, utilities, transport and emissions, and for environmental health and biodiversity.
Lutz, Wolfgang – A Population Policy Rationale for the Twenty-First Century
The international community needs a new rationale for population policies in the context of sustainable development and that a focus on human capital development, in particular education and health, is the most promising approach.
O’Sullivan, Jane – The Burden of Durable Asset Aquisition in Growing Populations
The cost of maintaining per capita capacity of durable assets, including infrastructure, equipment and skilled personnel, is increased by population growth by a factor proportional to the working lifespan of the asset class.
de Sherbinin, A. et al – Population and Environment
Outlines the various elements of the relationship between human population size and environmental changes.
Parsons, Jack – How Many Britons Should There Be?
This monograph gives an overview of the views and activities of the main UK political parties regarding population policy between 1950 and 1993, especially focusing on pointers to appropriate size, rates of change, and suitable policies, with a new tailpiece on developments since 1993.