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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.

Growth of Foreign-Born Population Surges as U.S. Economy Recovers

Census projections proclaim that, with Americans’ fertility falling and deaths soon to begin rising, immigration – not natural increase – will become the principal driver of U.S. population growth as early as 2023 (Rubenstein, 2016).
A September 2014 Census projection estimated that, despite some slowing growth attributed to the 2008 recession and aftermath, […]

Crushing Biodiversity with the Weight of the Human Race

Some years ago, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras I was invited to help lead a fact-finding mission into the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve. The Río Plátano (Plantain River) flows through the green, humid heart of an isolated region called La Mosquitia – the largest remaining rainforest wilderness of this ecologically-stressed Central American nation[…]


  Your gift helps publish and distribute materials like this. Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version THE SINGULAR CENTURY There are major turning points in human history. Of special importance have been the transition from a hunter/gatherer existence to a settled agricultural economy, and the beginning of the Industrial Age which transition continues. […]

Sanctuary Cities: Politics Overshadow Responsible U.S. Immigration Policies (An NPG Position Paper)

  Your gift helps publish and distribute materials like this.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In recent years, America’s radio stations, televisions, newspaper headlines, and magazine covers have been inundated with talk of “sanctuary cities.” Experts on both sides of the argument have proclaimed their position – it’s the “absolutely right” or “absolutely wrong” thing for America […]


All are welcome and all are invited – especially those who care about leaving the world in better shape than we found it. Every problem is affected by this great exploiter. Overpopulation diminishes our resources, landscapes, water supply, and the ability of our climate to regulate itself. Our poor and disenfranchised are overwhelmed by this issue, as it swims in ridiculous taboos. […]

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