Critical Masses

Critical Masses

The Global Population Challenge

Format
Paperback
Price
$19.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140232264
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Books

Overview

Every day, the human family grows by a quarter of a million people, many of them born into the very countries that can least afford to provide them with jobs, housing, and nutrition, and that are least able to prevent the environmental degradation that rapid population growth can produce.

Award-winning journalist and scholar George D. Moffett has traveled around the world to meet the people who confront the daily reality of the rising numbers – farmers in Kenya, squatters in the slums of Cairo, woman entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, relief workers, holy men, economists, diplomats. History, survey, and policy guide, Critical Masses serves to give warning but also provides a positive presecription for change.

Critical Masses

Critical Masses

George D. Moffett

Praise

“Illuminates the population problem in poor nations in terms of real people rather than just large numbers.… A book to read, enjoy, and learn from.”
—Paul R. Ehrlich, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Vividly conveys the population-driven environmental, social, political, and economic disintegration that is occurring worldwide”
Scientific American

“Brings into stark relief the effects of over-population on the lives of real people.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

One
“Crowds, O World, Crowds”: The Explosion of Cities

Two
“A Place at the Banquet”: Feeding the World

Three
“The Limits to Growth”: Environmental Degradation and the Multitudes

Four
“Fewer Is Better”: A Model of Family Planning

Five
“A Woman’s-Eye View”: Redefining the Approach to Population

Six
“Go Forth and Multiply”: Faith and Family Planning

Seven
“A World Population Plan of Action”: The International Policy Response

Epilogue

Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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