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Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge. By Lester Brown. Examines the impacts of population growth on global resources and services, including food, fresh water, fisheries, jobs, education, income, and health. After examining the stakes involved in potentially adding another 3.3 billion people to the world population over the next fifty years, Brown and his co-authors call for expansion of international family planning assistance and new investment in educating young people - especially women - to promote a shift to smaller families. More…

The Case For Fewer People: The Negative Population Growth (NPG) Forum Papers. By Lindsey Grant. A collection of essays of the subjects of Negative Population Growth, population change, and the impact of human crowding on the future of mankind. More...

Feeding the Ten Billion: Plants and Population Growth. By Lloyd T. Evans. Written to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Malthus' seminal Essay on the Principle of Population, this book looks at the links between population growth and agricultural innovation over the past 10,000 years. It illustrates how the evolution of agriculture has both shaped and been shaped by the course of world population growth, describes our present position, and explains possible future paths to food security for the planet. More...

Full House: Reassessing the Earth's Population Carrying Capacity. By Lester Brown. This book addresses the critical questions: How many people can the earth feed and at what consumption levels? Lester and Kane assert the world's farmers can no longer be counted on to feed the growing world population, and that balancing between people and food now depends on family planners. More…

In The Human Interest: A Strategy To Stabilize World Population. By Lester Brown. This book makes the case that uncontrolled human fertility may pose a greater threat to our future well-being and individual security than any other single factor. Stabilizing world population requires action on two broad fronts: the systematic extension of family planning services to all, and the satisfaction of basic social needs (which results in a lower birth rate). More…

Outgrowing The Earth. By Lester Brown. Falling water tables in countries that contain more than half the world's people and rising temperatures worldwide are the leading threats to global security. Water shortages and crop-withering heat waves are shrinking grain harvests, making it difficult for the world's farmers to feed 70 million more people each year. Tightening food supplies could drive up food prices, destabilizing governments in low-income grain-importing countries and disrupting global economic progress. Future security depends on raising water productivity and stabilizing climate and population. More…

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. By Lester Brown. Sustaining our early twenty-first century global civilization now depends on shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Plan B has three components: (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Kindle | More…

Population Growth: The Vital Revolution. By Ronald Freedman. These collected essays include comprehensive discussions of population theory, analyses of population trends, and prospects for the United States as well as for other major areas of the world. An excellent resource for those involved in international development programs, sociologists, family planning workers, and everyone concerned with the contemporary vital revolution in population analysis. More...

The Rapid Growth of Human Populations 1750-2000: Histories, Consequences, Issues, Nation by Nation. By William Stanton. Illustrates the global population explosion of the past 250 years for every nation with a recorded population history. Presents the argument that a fundamental shift from a Darwinian world of ruthless competition to a gentler one with weak restraints on growth made tolerance, compassion, environmental concerns, and human rights possible because the growth of one population was no longer dependent on the decline of another. Further argues that despite the humanitarian views that emerged from this era, weak restraints on growth are self-destructive because expanding populations rapidly devour finite resources in a manner which is unsustainable. More...

Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Substainable Global Economy. By Lester Brown, Christopher Flavin, and Sandra Postel. The authors of the highly acclaimed State of the World series elaborate on their vision of a global economy that does not destroy its own natural support systems. Authoritative yet extremely readable, this book addresses control of energy resources, population, poverty, transportation, taxes, and other issues necessary to create an environmentally sound global economy. More…

Sparing Nature: The Conflict between Human Population Growth and Earth's Biodiversity. By Jeffrey K. McKee. Explores the cause-and-effect relationship between human population growth and the mass extinction of countless species of plants and animals. It probes the past to find that humans and their ancestors have had negative impacts on species biodiversity for nearly two million years, and that extinction rates have accelerated since the origins of agriculture. Argues that the most effective measure to save Earth’s biodiversity is to slow population growth. As Kindle | More...

The Twenty Ninth Day. By Lester Brown. Covers the major trends that are bringing us ever closer to limits – the growing gap between population and food supply, deforestation, desertification, pollution and its effect on climate, energy, and resource depletion. On each a wealth of data is provided. More…

Twenty-Two Dimensions of the Population Problem. By Lester Brown. Facets of the world population problem explored include literacy, oceanic fisheries, natural recreation areas, pollution, inflation, environmental illnesses, hunger, housing, climate change, overgrazing, crowding, income, urbanization, deforestation, political conflict, minerals, health services, water, unemployment, endangered species, energy, and individual freedom. The report concludes that the threats posed by uncontrolled growth deserve more attention from national and international leaders. A bibliography of selected readings is included. Published in June 1976 by Worldwatch Institute. More...

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.  By Lester Brown. In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, Brown provides the responses needed to reclaim our future. As Kindle | More…

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