Population Still the Uneasy Issue

July 17, 2008 • News

Thanks to Ed Levering for alerting me to Bob Engelman’s blog on the WorldWatch website at http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5713.

Below is his first entry.

People walking around the Sheraton Hotel here are talking about population as if it were the most natural conversation in the world. The topic interests me, so I join in. As it happens, I’ve written a book on it, just published by Island Press, which I don’t shrink from mentioning. Just being here, though, reminds me that human numbers aren’t often talked about outside this hotel.

If there’s a time and place for talking population this is it: the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. The association’s demographers and public health specialists gathered this year in a city that lost about half its own residents to other places after a hurricane named Katrina. Panel topics ranged from that unprecedented urban population drop (the city’s population has since rebounded to around 70 percent of its pre-Katrina size) to the intriguing idea that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has peaked globally. While PAA members presented findings and partied at the Sheraton, people in the nearby streets of the French Quarter let the good times roll, as they usually do, with nary a thought of the number of us in the city, the country or the world.

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