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Population growth and its effects on global environmental problems are major concerns highlighted in an unusual joint statement from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London. Issued in February 1992 to stimulate discussion among scientists, decision makers and the public prior to the June Earth Summit, the declaration emphasizes the need to focus on economic activity, population growth and environmental protection as related issues. Developing and industrialized countries should work to stabilize birth rates through family planning, combined with economic and social development where needed; developed countries must pursue methods of limiting greenhouse gases, conservation and recycling.

See Nature, Feb. 27,, 1992, p. 759 and p. 752 (editorial); Chem. Eng. News, p. 6, Mar. 2. Copies of Population Growth, Resource Consumption, and a Sustainable World are available from Pub. Info., Nat. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington DC 20418 (202-334-2138), or from the Royal Society press office in London (071-839-5561).

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