People and Their Planet: Searching for Balance

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These essays focus on the relations between people and the planet's life supporting resources, the symptoms of imbalance in this relationship, and ways to establish a sustainable equilibrium. Bringing together not only scientific insight but also politics, economics, poetry, culture and the human spirit, the book is invaluable for understanding the geographical variations of environmental impact by human populations.
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Overview

These essays focus on the relations between people and the planet's life supporting resources, the symptoms of imbalance in this relationship, and ways to establish a sustainable equilibrium. Bringing together not only scientific insight but also politics, economics, poetry, culture and the human spirit, the book is invaluable for understanding the geographical variations of environmental impact by human populations.
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Assembles research into the relations between exponential population growth, increasing scarcity of resources and living space, and unbridled economic growth and consumerism; into symptoms suggesting an imbalance between them; and into ways to establish a balance. Among the perspectives are an empirical look at national carbon dioxide production, current demographics and environmental trends in Mexico City, and factors leading to population growth in Bangladesh and their impacts on the environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312217150
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 312
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Sundberg Baudot is Research Associate and William R. Moomaw is Co-Director at the Global Development and Environment Institute, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Foreword
Overview: The Population-Environment Equation: Implications for Future Security
1 Introduction: Dimensions of the Population-Environment Equation 1
2 Population and Environment Relationships in Developing Countries: Recent Approaches and Methods 29
3 Population, Environment and Sustainable Development: Global Issues 45
4 Population, Affluence or Technology? An Empirical Look at National Carbon Dioxide Production 58
5 A Multivariate Analysis of Farm Household Land-Use and Forest-Clearing Decisions in the Amazon Region of Ecuador 71
6 Population-Environment Dynamics in Lahat: A Case-Study of Deforestation in a Regency of South Sumatra Province, Indonesia 91
7 Water, Food and Population 108
8 Population as a Scale Factor: Impacts on Environment and Development 126
9 Population Dynamics Revisited: Lessons for Foreign Aid and US Immigration Policy 143
10 Population and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century: India's Megacities 157
11 Mexico City: Current Demographic and Environmental Trends 174
12 The Environmental Impacts of Refugee Settlement: A Case Study of an Agricultural Camp in Zambia 187
13 The Struggle over Transboundary Freshwater Resources: Social and Economic Conflict in the Appropriation and Use of Water along the US-Mexico Border 204
14 Factors Leading to Population Growth in Bangladesh and their Impacts on the Environment 225
15 Two Threats to Global Security 232
16 Population, Land-Use and the Environment in a West African Savanna Ecosystem: An Approach to Sustainable Land-Use on Community Lands in Northern Ghana 251
17 'stay together/learn the flowers/go light': Education in a Time of Environmental Crisis 272
18 Ecological Security: Micro-Threats to Human Well-Being 284
Index 299
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