Six Billion Plus: Population Issues in the Twenty-First Century

Six Billion Plus: Population Issues in the Twenty-First Century

by K. Bruce Newbold
     
 

Six Billion Plus explores world population growth and its implications for the twenty-first century. With a population currently exceeding six billion and expected to reach ten billion by mid-century, the world's demographic situation is more critical than ever, by almost any measure. While the developed world faces its own problems with an aging population and

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Six Billion Plus explores world population growth and its implications for the twenty-first century. With a population currently exceeding six billion and expected to reach ten billion by mid-century, the world's demographic situation is more critical than ever, by almost any measure. While the developed world faces its own problems with an aging population and population decline, most of the growth will occur in the developing world. And so the strongest factors shaping the global environment in the decades to come will include population fertility, social and economic impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, legal and illegal immigration, and refugees. The implications are enormous; 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 compact, illustrated, and accessible text is ideal for population courses in geography as well as in areas such as economics, sociology, and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Professional Geographer, Vol. 59, No. 3 (August 2007) - Samuel M. Otterstrom
I found K. Bruce Newbold's Six Billion Plus to be a very insightful and helpful book that increased my understanding of the major issues facing the world's inhabitants. I recommend it for use as a college text, a reference work, and for one interested in reading about the world's population situation from a geographic perspective.
Ellen Percy Kraly
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 for us all, as global and community citizens.
Progress In Human Geography
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
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.
Booknews
Bringing a geographical and global perspective to population growth, this concise volume considers its implications for public policy, the AIDS epidemic, immigration, refugee flows, resource scarcity, and conflict. Five key demographic forces are identified, and their influence on the next century discussed. Maps, graphs, charts, and cartoons present the data and illustrate important concepts. A glossary defines key terms and acronyms. Newbold teaches geography at McMaster University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742516175
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Human Geography in the Twenty-First Century: Issues and Applications Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

K. Bruce Newbold is associate professor of geography at McMaster University.

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