Population Growth

Stephen Gottlieb: The Earth Will Have Its Revenge

Mar 15, 2016

One of the major drivers of global warming is the greenhouse gases we emit by burning fossil fuels. Another major driver of global warming and one of the ways in which we are making our earth unsustainable for human life is the population explosion. When I was young the earth’s population was around 3 billion. It has more than doubled. When we talk about the growth of population, the crucial issue is about the time it would take to double. Population can double in as little as a generation. We are on the way to an earth with 12 billion people and counting. The devastation that is causing and will cause is incalculable and will make the earth inhospitable in short order, contributing to the overuse of water, the over fishing of the oceans, the deforestation of the jungles, the overuse of carbon based fuels even while we try to flush them out of the atmosphere and every other form of damage to the earth we depend on.

Six year in the making, The Reproach Of Hunger: Food, Justice, And Money In The Twenty-First Century is a book that looks to answer the simple question is ending extreme poverty and hunger finally with humanity's grasp; or to put the question concretely can provide enough food for the nine billion people that will be alive in 2050, two billion more than today, especially bottom poorest in the global south. 

A new study projects continued slow population growth for Massachusetts for the next 20 years. Some parts of western Massachusetts could see population declines according to this forecast.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Susan Strate, manager of the Population Estimates Program at the UMass Donahue Institute.

America's population is increasing a bit faster thanks to an improving economy, but not enough to lift growth above its lowest level since the Great Depression. But two state in the region saw declines.

New 2012 census estimates offer the latest snapshot of the U.S. population. As a whole, the population grew by 2.3 million, reaching 313.9 million people. That growth of 0.75 percent was higher than 2011, ending five years of slowing growth rates.