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Historic and Paleo-biology

"Countdown" Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet

Media Source: National Public Radio
Program Name: Science Friday
Show Name: "Countdown" Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet
Broadcast Year: 2013
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NPR’s Science Friday podcast titled “Countdown Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet” is an interview with Alan Weisman, author of the recently released book “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?”. The discussion centers around the effects overpopulation will have on civilization and climate change. An astounding fact is given at the beginning. It took only fourteen years (1999-2013) for the world’s population to grow by one billion. Weisman cites voluntary, not mandatory (such as China) population control as the answer to overpopulation. He gives many examples of this, but the most compelling is when Weisman tells of interviewing young, religious Israelis and Palestinians to find their views on childbearing. He was left with optimism, as most rejected their parents notions on reproduction, citing cramped spaces and environmental impacts. Weisman states that scientific consensus on when our future population will peak has changed from peaking at 9.2 billion at mid-century to 11 billion at the end of the century with no peak in sight. The interview ends with Weisman stating that if we do not manage overpopulation in smart ways, nature will do it for us and it won’t be pretty.

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