Ending the Explosion: Population Policies and Ethics for a Humane Future

by William Hollingsworth

Seven Locks Press, 1996. $23.95 Hardcover; $17.95 Softcover

NPG Fellow David Simcox’s Review

“Unfortunately, with an endless supply of competing crises to capture both rich and poor nationsâ attention and resources, governments are likely to lose focus . The world community will not do nearly enough to prevent massive overpopulation unless two things occur. First, nations become sufficiently convinced of the severity and the urgency of the population crisis. Second, governments gain a realistic view of what is needed to resolve the crisis in time.”

“A very important book. Unlike most, it rightly sees overpopulation as a threat to the human spirit as well as to our physical well-being.”
Virginia Abernethy, Ph.D.
Editor, Population and Environment Journal


There is no remedy that can possibly avert disastrous Climate Change and Global Warming unless we first address the problem of world population size and growth, and its impact on the size of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.That means that we need to address the population size and growth of each nation, which together make up the world total.

World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!

From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?
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