The Population Explosion
The Population Explosion
The Population Explosion vividly describes how the Earth's population, growing by 95 million people a year, is rapidly depleting the planet's resources, resulting in famine, global warming, acid rain, and other major problems. Paul and Anne Ehrlich also clearly and concisely point to immediate action that will lessen the threat of ruin and begin to build a more peaceful, s...more
(first published April 15th 1990)
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Sep 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
Oh, where to begin. First, I have read many comments elsewhere online penned by people attacking the Erhlichs, who have obviously not read their books or listened to them speak. The authors are in no way in favor of any disease or atrocity wiping large numbers of people from earth, they are rather stating that if the human population continues to grow, such an event is inevitable. They do not attempt to say that they know when, where or how this precisely will occur, but rather make several reas...more
This is a followup to Population Bomb published back in the late 60s. The only difference between the two is more up-to-date data, and a subtle built-in, "I told you so." If any politician had any sense of what is right, they would start a movement to have this book become mandatory reading for middle-schoolers and on up for no other reason than to point out all the other problems we face - financial, health, resources, and sustainability has uncontrolled population growth at its heart.
Oct 15, 2010 john nielsen boyack rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: the world
Recommended to john nielsen by: Van Jones
A glimpse back at the exhausted voices of Paul & Anne Ehrlich makes reading the headlines today even more ridiculous than they've become. A great read, and a great lesson, for those interested in preserving our natural resources for the generations doomed (hopefully not) to follow in our brash footsteps.
Paul Ralph Ehrlich is an American biologist and educator who is the Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology. By training he is an entomologist specializing in Lepidoptera (butterflies), but he is better known as an ecologist and a demographer, specifically for his warnings about...moreMore about Paul R. Ehrlich...