No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

By Vanessa Baird



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With world population passing 7 billion and predicted to hit 9 billion by 2050 we are in the grip of a number panic. This book looks at what the numbers mean; why women in most parts of the world are having fewer children; what will happen to our societies as we all live longer; and how having babies relates to climate change.


Extremely readable and well written. The arguments–utterly and absolutely non-mainstream-are substantiated by solid data and citations. Publications of this nature are hugely welcome in view of the lies and myths that prevail in the dominant discourse on population globally.

– Professor Mohan Rao, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

This is a very readable, jargon-free book that challenges the many myths and inaccuracies about population. It also challenges us all to rethink what the real drivers of resource shortages, land degradation and global warming actually are.

– David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London


Chapter 1 Are Too Many People Being Born?
Chapter 2 A Brief History of Population
Chapter 3 Being Alive, Staying Alive--And Growing Old
Chapter 4 A Woman's Body
Chapter 5 For Richer, For Poorer
Chapter 6 On the Move
Chapter 7 Population and Climate Change
Chapter 8 How Can We Feed Nine Billion?
Chapter 9 Wild Things