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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1995

REPORTS...
POPULATION GROWTH


Item #d95sep105

Stabilizing the Atmosphere: Population, Consumption and Greenhouse Gases, R. Engelman, 48 pp., Oct. 1994, $8. Population Action Intl., 1120 19th St. NW, Washington DC 20036 (tel: 202 659 1833; fax: 202 293 1795).

Reductions in CO2 emissions and stabilization of population are both key factors in stopping anthropogenic climate change. Proposes a system of tradeable permits for emitting CO2, to be allocated to each country by the size of its population. Emissions should be lowered to 40% of 1990 levels.


Item #d95sep106

The State of World Population 1995, July 1995. Available in several languages from U.N. Population Fund, 220 East 42nd St., Rm. 2303, New York NY 10017 (tel: 212 297 5279; fax: 212 557 6414; e-mail: ryanw@unfpa.org); full text only available electronically via gopher: //gopher.undp.org/11/ungophers/popin/unfpa/swp95.

World population will rise from its current 5.7 billion to between 7.9 and 11.9 billion by the year 2050. Growth by the year 2015 will largely be determined by action taken during this decade. Highlights progress toward population control made during the past 30 years, and the many problems that remain. Also documents recent implementation of the Program of Action resulting from the Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, September 1994).


Item #d95sep107

Linkages Between Population, Environment and Development, K. Ghimire, 1994. U.N. RISD, Reference Ctr., Palais de Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switz.

Although population growth is commonly assumed to be directly responsible for environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources, an analysis based on case studies of 30 localities in Costa Rica, Pakistan and Uganda suggests otherwise. The main causes are the commercialization of production and various state policies that undermine traditional resource use and encourage the concentration of population in certain areas.


Item #d95sep108

Population Complications: Understanding the Population Debate, M. Brower, 20 pp., 1994, $4. Union of Concerned Scientists, Two Brattle Square, Cambridge MA 02238.

Presents alternative viewpoints in the debates over the impacts of population growth and strategies for reducing growth rates. Population growth is connected to poverty, hunger, and environmental destruction in ways that are complex, indirect, and often misunderstood.

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