People and the planet: the role of global population in sustainable development

August 26, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Clifford Garrard of the Population Institute of Canada for this information on the Royal Society’s project to examine the population issue. The text below is from the Royal’s Society’s website. You will see a call for input from experts, with a deadline for submissions of October 1.

Population is a global issue which is moving back up the agenda. In the run-up to the December 2009 Copenhagen conference on climate change, a number of academics and NGOs called for a fresh look at the factors affecting and affected by changing population. Yet debates remain polarised: some people still see population as a distraction from the more urgent imperative of reducing resource consumption in the wealthiest countries. Others argue it is an issue that will solve itself, as global population size is projected to peak and then fall from the middle of the 21st century.

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You may remember my previous distribution about the 2009 volume of the Royal Society’s journal, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B, which had the title, “The Impact of Population Growth on Tomorrow’s World”. See From that page, you can access the abstracts of all the papers in this volume. Following is the table of contents of this volume.

Introduction. Roger V. Short. Population growth in retrospect and prospect.
Editorial. Malcolm Potts, Anne M. Pebley, J. Joseph Speidel.

Adair Turner. Population priorities: the challenge of continued rapid population growth.
John Bongaarts. Human population growth and the demographic transition.
Alex C. Ezeh, Blessing U. Mberu, Jacques O. Emina. Stall in fertility decline in Eastern African countries: regional analysis of patterns, determinants and implications.
Adair Turner. Population ageing: what should we worry about?
Stephen W. Sinding. Population, poverty and economic development.
Wolfgang Lutz. Sola schola et sanitate. Human capital as the root cause and priority for international development?
J. Joseph Speidel, Deborah C. Weiss, Sally A. Ethelston, Sarah M. Gilbert. Population policies, programmes and the environment.
Richard Nehring. Traversing the mountaintop: world fossil fuel production to 2050.
Bradley A. Thayer. Considering population and war: a critical and neglected aspect of conflict studies.
Ndola Prata. Making family planning accessible in resource-poor settings.
Martha Campbell and Kathleen Bedford. The theoretical and political framing of the population factor in development.
Malcolm Potts. Where next?

The papers are published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B, volume 364. Abstracts of all the articles may be downloaded from Royal Society.

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