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A lone voice speaks up, 18 Oct. 2010
As a child of the late sixties I have been brought up in the belief that the population explosion started at that time and has remained largely unchecked apart from interventions such as the single child state. Pearce stands out from this crowd and provides an easy to digest narrative of what has happened globally for the last two or three centuries. The population explosion has quietly been sorting itself out for several decades but any increase on a large number produces another large number. Birth rates have fallen and in many places are below replacement levels.
Anyone wanting to gain insight into the subject of demographics and population migration would do well to start here. However, don't expect to find too much support from the web. It is difficult to find anyone that doesn't believe we will continue to grow until we reach 12 billion. An eerie correlation to our economic outlooks or mere coincidence?
One area that I felt was underplayed was the inter-relationship between demographics and our reliance upon fossil fuels. If you read this book in conjunction with something like John Greer's "Ecotechnic Future" then the probability of a dramatic decrease in our numbers starts to make more sense.