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One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
In celebration of the 2005 World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)launched this atlas in co-operation with NASA, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Maryland. ... more

Vital Signs 2003
by the Worldwatch Institute
Washington DC, $14.95

Failure to meet the needs of the world�s poorest citizens threatens long-term global stability, reports a new publication by the Worldwatch Institute, Vital Signs 2003: The Trends That are Shaping Our Future. ... more

by Lester R. Brown
Norton, USA, and Earthscan, UK, 2001/2002,
US$15.95, �17.99

This is more than a book. It is the start of a new campaign by the president of the recently formed Earth Policy Institute, and founder of the Worldwatch Institute, to inform the world about the changes needed to save the natural support systems of the global economy. ... more

An Overcrowded World?
by Rob Bowden
Hodder Wayland, London, 2002, �12.99

This children's guide - one of an excellent series of 21st Century Debates - is aimed at 11 to 16-year-old schoolchildren. It looks at the impact of human population growth on the planet and how this could affect our future. Over the last fifty years the world's population has more than doubled. According to some experts, our ever-increasing demands will eventually exhaust the earth's supplies of fuel, water and food. ... more

Beyond Malthus: Sixteen Dimensions of the Population Problem
by Lester Brown, Gary Gardner, Brian Halweil
Worldwatch Institute, Washington, 1998

This is a sobering analysis of the population problem, written with all the hard facts and clarity which we have come to expect from Worldwatch. As such, it is an excellent primer for all those who dismiss population as a central factor in the struggle for a sustainable future - or think the problem is well on the way to being solved. ... more

Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for Single-Child Families
by Bill McKibben
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1998, $23

"Population is a subject I've been trying to avoid for years, and not just because I know it will cause turmoil and angry controversy. It scared me more because it forced me and my wife to confront head-on the issue of how many children we were going to have... and in our case the conversation ended with me in a vasectomy clinic." ... more

Creating a New Consensus on Population:
by Jyoti Shankar Singh

As former Director of the UN Population Fund's Technical and Evaluation Division (recently renamed Technical and Policy Division), Jyoti Singh was one of the key "movers and shakers" working tirelessly behind the scenes at the Cairo Conference to create a new global consensus on population and development. It is fitting that this book comes out on the eve of the five-year review of the implementation of the Cairo agenda, agreed to by all 179 governments present at this momentous conference, held in September 1994 in Cairo, Egypt. ... more

How many people can the Earth support?
by Joel E. Cohen
W.W. Norton, New York and London, 1995, US$30

Given the impossibility of the task, maybe it is fitting that a book answering this title question should be written by a New York City comedian. But besides doing stand-up humour, the author holds two doctorates and heads Rockefeller University's Laboratory on Populations, which makes him worth reading as much for his scientific rigour as for his wry commentaries on other writers' conclusions about the planet's capacity to house more humans. ... more

Sustainable Consumption: a Global Perspective
by Manus van Brakel, Bertram Zagema
Friends of the Earth, Netherlands, $10.00

Rich, industrialised countries will probably have to reduce their use of natural resources by a factor of between five and ten times, if the whole world is to achieve a sustainable balance between population, consumption and the environment. ... more

Fertility and Politics in Egypt, India, Kenya and Mexico
by Anrudh Jain (Editor) and others

The politics of population policies in four developing countries - and what makes them succeed or flounder - is explored in this new Population Council book. ... more

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