Six Billion Plus / Edition 2

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This balanced text offers a concise and readable introduction to world population growth and its implications for the future. With a population currently exceeding six billion and expected to reach ten billion by mid-century, the globe faces a demographic situation that is now more critical than ever before. While the developed world grapples with the problems of an aging and declining population, the developing world will contend with the opposite dilemma of explosive growth. And so the strongest factors shaping the global environment in the decades to come will include population fertility, the social and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, legal and illegal immigration, and refugees. The implications are enormous as population growth exacerbates food and resource scarcities, places pressure on institutions, and promotes the potential for conflict. Drawing on a geographical perspective and using examples from around the world, this fully updated edition will be an invaluable resource for all readers concerned with the intertwined issues of population, environment, and health.

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Editorial Reviews

Ellen Percy Kraly
Praise for the first edition:
Bruce Newbold provides a highly insightful perspective on the critical population issues emerging in this new century. Six Billion Plus is a rigorous and provocative analysis that will inspire students to read further. Newbold's geographic lens gives focus to the complexity of the factors underlying demographic trends as well as the far-reaching implications of population growth for us all, as global and community citizens.
Progress In Human Geography
Praise for the first edition:
An impressive synthesis of a large amount of material, put together in a way that will challenge and interest undergraduates. Overall, the book achieves its aims clearly and succinctly and is a sound introduction to contemporary population issues.
Ecsp Report
Praise for the first edition:
An insightful and accessible book that provides an overview of global population issues from a geographical perspective. Its impact on the field could be substantial.
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Meet the Author

K. Bruce Newbold is professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences and director of the McMaster Institute of Environment and Health at McMaster University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The World of Child Six Billion Chapter 2 Fertility and State Policy Chapter 3 The (Un?)Certainty of Death and Disease Chapter 4 The Impact of HIV and AIDS Chapter 5 Immigration: Closing or Opening the Door? Chapter 6 Refugees, Asylees, and IDPS: The Growing Crisis Chapter 7 Population, Economic Growth, Resources, and the Environment Chapter 8 The Potential for Conflict Chapter 9 Conclusion: Five Demographic Forces That Will Shape the World

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