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 […]
Population writer Lindsey Grant has been associated with NPG since 1987, when he initiated the NPG Forum series. Since then, he has written more than 60 Forum pieces for NPG. He also edited the Optimum Population series and some other early Forum pieces for NPG. He has also written or edited eight books during that period, six of which were supported by NPG, either by distributing them to major U.S. libraries or, in one case, publishing the book.
A courageous look at the world’s dwindling energy resources. Contending that the energy debate has been cast in the wrong terms, the author suggests that the problem would not be solved by asking: “What energy sources will be available to replace fossil fuels?” but by questioning: “What populations can be supported at a decent standard […]
This book explores a fundamental but seldom asked question: has the recent growth of human numbers and economic activity imperiled our well-being, social justice and even the natural support systems on which we and other creatures depend? Challenging a nearly universal enthusiasm for endless growth, Grant makes the unassailable point that perpetual material growth on […]
Lindsey Grant examines the human condition as population and consumption levels approach the edges of the Earth’s ability to support them. The book is a unique synopsis of the interactions among population, food production, the energy transition, air pollution and climate change, technology, trade policies, productivity and unemployment. It describes the different ways that the […]
by Leon F. Bouvier and Lindsey Grant Sierra Club Books, 1994. Read NPG President Donald Mann’s Review In this tough-minded, lucid book, Leon Bouvier and Lindsey Grant examine the inevitable and escalating environmental degradation that will result if population growth pushes the limits of our already strained environmental carrying capacity. If we are already grappling […]
In the last century, the United States has grown from 75 million people to 250 million. Have we gone too far? How can an optimum population be identified and achieved, and how can we confront the problems now facing our overcrowded country? Negative Population Growth put these questions to specialists on the environment, food and […]