The Biologist and the Economist: Is Dialogue Possible?

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Nathan Keyfitz  When population issues arise in government or the press, economists’ advice is regularly sought, even though modern post-Keynesian economics offers very little methodological help in dealing with secular change or limits. Biology is perhaps the discipline best suited to offer systematic insights into the […]

Elephants in the Volkswagen: Facing the Tough Questions About Our Overcrowded Country

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 […]

The Plight of the Chesapeake

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Stephen Tennenbaum & Robert Costanza This is the thirteenth in a series of NPG Forum papers exploring the idea of optimum population ö what would be a desirable population size for the United States? Without any consensus even as to whether the population should be larger […]

Balancing Humans in the Biosphere: Escaping the Overpopulation Trap

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Robert Costanza This is the eighth in a series of NPG Forum papers exploring the idea of optimum population what would be a desirable population size for the United States? Without any consensus even as to whether the population should be larger or smaller, the country […]

The Second Great Wall of China: Evolution of a Successful Policy of Population Control

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by J. Mayone Stycos  J. Mayone Stycos is Director of the Cornell University Population andDevelopment Program, and the author of books and papers onpopulation problems in Latin America and the Middle East. Flushed with his victory over the Chinese nationalists, Mao proclaimed in 1949 that “Of all […]

Europe In the Energy Transition: The Case for a Smaller Population

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version When one has gotten used to anything, the prospect of change can be upsetting. West Europe’s population has been growing, probably, since the end of the Black Plague, and some writers are disturbed at the prospect that the trend may be reversing. The concern may be misplaced. […]

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