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NPG’s Forum Series features original research and analysis on U.S. population issues and policy from some of the most prominent writers in the population field. This page features only our most recent Forum papers.

Forecasting the Unknowable: The U.N. “World Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version The United Nations Population Division has put the highlights of its new population estimates and projections onto the Web1. Present world population is 6.3 billion. It is projected to rise to 8.9 billion by 2050, a number almost identical to the 1998 projection but 400 million below […]

Amnesty: Overpopulation by Fiat

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version SUMMARYPolitical and diplomatic promises made by both parties make it likely that the Bush White House and the new 108th Congress, despite public opposition, will take up the nagging issue of amnesty for as many as six million illegal immigrants before the 2004 national elections. Amnesty, as […]

The United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development – A Counter-Productive Exercise in Futility (An NPG Position Paper)

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version The World Summit on Sustainable Development concluded its 10 days of deliberations at Johannesburg on September 4th. If the purpose of the conference was to define the problem and then advocate an adequate solution to it the conference was a disappointing – although not an unexpected – […]

The Most Overpopulated Nation

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Paul R.Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich This paper was originally published by NPG in January 1991. We are reprinting it eleven years later, in January 2002, with the Ehrlichs’ permission. The United States is now the third largest nation in the world, with some 285 million […]

The Environmental Future

Forging and maintaining a sustainable society is The Challenge for this and all generations to come. At this point in history, no nation has managed to evolve into a sustainable society. We are all pursuing a self destructive course of fueling our economies by drawing down our natural capital – that is to say, by […]

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