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5.0 out of 5 stars Have your preconceptions challenged, 8 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash (Kindle Edition)
I read this because it had been recommended by Stewart Brand and I'm glad I didn't let the negative reviews sway me. It's well written in a journalistic style, not surprisingly as the author writes for New Scientist.
Most people will assume that the world is heading for a demographic disaster as human population expands unchecked and there are regular calls for population controls. But all over the world, in almost every country, regardless of culture, religion or government policies, people have already taken responsibility for their own fertility and are having fewer and fewer children with each generation. The population has expanded to 7 billion despite this because the children they do have survive into adulthood and can expect to live to a ripe old age. But old people don't have children, educated women are postponing have children and then only having one or two, and a widespread preference for male heirs means there will be fewer women to have babies with each generation. The demographic crisis we face is a very different one to the one the Malthusian predict. Yes, even the sainted Attenborough can get it wrong sometimes.
My only criticism would be that in discussing the green revolution he completely ignores genetically modified crops as well as failing to consider nuclear power when discussing how we will power the cities of the future. Whether you agree with GM and nuclear or not they need to be addressed.
Overall an excellent overview of current population trends.
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