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Population: An Unacknowledged Presence At World Food Crisis Talks

Continuing world population growth was a huge but unacknowledged elephant in the conference hall at the June 2008 UN-Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Summit in Rome on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy. Remarkably, only a handful of the more than 200 heads of government, foreign ministers, ambassadors and ministers of agriculture, development and trade even mentioned population […]

Peak Coal

The Energy Watch Group (EWG) in Germany has produced the most detailed and most disquieting study I have yet seen of the future of world coal production. They start, as do most writers on the future of coal, from the national statistical data compiled by the World Energy Council (WEC), but they proceed from there […]

Population and the American Predicament: The Case Against Complacency

By: John P. Holdren Introduction by NPG President Donald Mann (August 2007) The following paper by Professor John Holdren was published in 1973, the year after the Rockefeller Commission on Population and the American Future recommended unavailingly to President Nixon and the public that America grow no more. We have conserved it for so many […]

Valedictory: The Age of Overshoot

Civilizations have overused their resources before, and collapsed or moved on, but never on a scale remotely resembling the present threat, and now the Earth is full. There is nowhere to move. There is a fatal disconnect between our national policies, which are geared toward faster economic growth, and our growing scientific understanding of the […]

Proposed National Population Policy

  NPG believes that a national policy to turn U.S. population growth around is critically needed. (See the Position Papers and the FORUM series in the Publications List on our web site, In this paper, we offer a series of specific proposals as to how to accomplish that goal. We recognize the political resistances in the way […]


by Andrew R.B. Ferguson In the film An Inconvenient Truth, ex vice-president Al Gore presents the facts about climate change. It is a bravura performance. He makes use of brilliant presentational techniques to put before us all relevant current knowledge about climate change. He lightens the factual burden with humour, and by including some interesting […]

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