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The Population Explosion: Where Is It Leading?

Gaston Fischer
Population and Environment
Vol. 15, No. 2 (Nov., 1993), pp. 139-153
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27503331
Page Count: 15
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The Population Explosion: Where Is It Leading?
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Abstract

Over the past few centuries world demography has been characterized by both continuous absolute growth and a steadily increasing rate of growth. From 1650 or earlier to at least 1957 it was always possible to say that "never has world population been so large and never has the time necessary for it to double been so short." While there are now some signs to suggest that population doubling times are stabilizing, or even increasing, the population increase in absolute numbers is nevertheless greater each year, and the rate of growth may still be faster than a simple exponential function. There can be little doubt that too large a population, together with the pressures stemming from its demands for an even higher standard of living, sets requirements greater than our planet can safely sustain. This article reviews some aspects of global population data and population dynamics.

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