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The Population Bomb, revisited

The Population Bomb, revisited

The Population Bomb illustration (credit: Facebook)

In 1968, Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb. The bestseller predicted human population growth would outstrip supplies of raw materials and stress the carrying capacity of the Earth's ecosystems. Many of Ehrlich's predictions did not come to pass during the time-line he predicted but others became central to the concepts of sustainability. Nearly 50 years on, the Stanford biologist's book continues drawing wide-ranging discussions including a series highlighted by Dot Earth. A video was produced to bring population issues back into focus.

With environmental stresses including climate change, air and water pollution, species extinctions, and the need to restore damaged landscapes everywhere, population as a topic remains vital. Watch the video and decide if population and environmental stresses are worthy of more attention. WHB

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