MCDB 150 - Global Problems of Population Growth
Lecture 24 - Population and the Environment. World population will continue to rise until at least 2050. Environmental impact is the product of the number of people and how much of their income and technology is devoted to either consumption or conservation.
So far, the balance is far at the consumption end and, globally, environmental problems are increasing. Environmentalism has not come close to counteracting the footprint of a billion extra people every dozen years. The only massive success has been the decline
in global fertility. People want fewer children, the contraceptive technology is available, and the cost is minimal. The only realistic possibility for ameliorating the environmental crisis might be to facilitate the continued decline of fertility.
|Lecture 24 - Population and the Environment|
|[00:00:00]||1. Course Retrospective|
|[00:10:26]||2. Population Projections|
|[00:19:54]||3. Factors Affecting Future Population|
|[00:28:13]||4. Population and Environmental Impact|
|[00:41:17]||5. Population and Land Scarcity|
|[00:49:55]||6. Population and Water Scarcity|
|[01:01:41]||7. Final Thoughts on Population and Environment|
|Lecture 24 - Population and the Environment
Instructor: Robert Wyman. Resources: Notes - Lecture 24 [pdf]. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].
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