publication . Article . 2014

Revisiting the Environmental and Socioeconomic Effects of Population Growth: a Fundamental but Fading Issue in Modern Scientific, Public, and Political Circles

Camilo Mora;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 2014 Journal: Ecology and Society, volume 19 (issn: 1708-3087, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Resilience Alliance, Inc.
Reversing ongoing declines in human welfare and biodiversity is at the core of human development. Although numerous institutions and avenues are in place to reverse such trends, there seems to be limited consideration of population growth as an ultimate driver. I review recent studies showing how the issue of population growth has been downplayed and trivialized among scientific fields, which may in part account for the reduced public interest in the issue and in turn the limited will for policy action. Different sources of evidence suggest that population growth could fundamentally affect society, nature, and the climate. Although tackling the issue of overpopu...
free text keywords: Ecology, Politics, Public interest, Functional illiteracy, Human development (biology), Economics, Development economics, Debt, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Neglect, Overpopulation, Population growth, biodiversity loss, climate change, employment, public outreach, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, QH540-549.5
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