Finding Information on Negative Aspects of Population Growth

Introduction

This page is intended to supplement the instructional handout listing materials with a "anti" position on population growth. Many of the materials in this list appear on the BI131 class handout.

The list is in arranged sections by type of material. Magazine and journal articles are first, followed by books. Web pages, as well as books and articles shown in the BI131 handout, but available only by interlibrary loan, are shown in the additional materials section.

The list is prefaced by a brief description of a very useful resource, the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database, where you can find further up-to-date information on this topic.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

An online database called Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers controversial issues, and has content from magazines, newspapers, journals, and from books such as those in the Opposing Viewpoints Series, the Current Controversies Series and others. It is an excellent place to look for views on population growth. Try typing "Overpopulation" in the search space. Look at the "Viewpoints" in the results to find opinions.

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Periodical Articles

The following articles are available in full electronic text on the library's electronic databases, or in the Chemeketa library, or both. If you are on a computer connected to Chemeketa's network, clicking on a highlighted title will take you directly to the article.

If you are viewing this page on a computer not connected to Chemeketa's network, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password to access the article.

Attenborough, D. (2011, April 25). This heaving planet: half a century 
      ago, the WWF was formed to help save endangered animals. Today, it's 
      human beings who are increasingly at risk, through overpopulation and 
      food scarcity. Someone needs to say the unsayable. New Statesman [1996], 
      140(5050), 28+. Retrieved July 30, 2012, from General OneFile

Barrett, G.W. & Odum, E.P. (2000). The twenty-first century: The world at 
      carrying capacity. Bioscience 50, 363 (6 p.). Retrieved November 
      9, 2009, from General OneFile database.

Bender, W.H.  (1997, March).  How much food will we need in the 
      21st century?  Environment 39, 7-28. Retrieved November 
      f9, 2009, from Genral OneFile database.

Berg, Joel. (2012, April). Overpopulation: extending life by 20 or even 
      30 years: we already face a graying population. Risk & Insurance 
      23, 54-55. Retrieved July 30, 2012, from General OneFile

Berreby, D. (1990, April). The numbers game. Discover 11, 42 (6 p.). 

Bloom, D.E. (2011). 7 billion and counting. Science, 333, 562-569 
      doi:10.1126/science.1209290

Bongaarts, J.  (1994, March).  Can the growing human population feed 
      itself? Scientific American 270, 36-42. 

Bongaarts, J.  (1994). Population policy options in the developing 
      world.  Science 263, 771-77. Retrieved November 9, 2009, 
      from General OneFile database.

Bongaarts, J. (1998). Demographic consequences of declining fertility. 
      Science 282, 419 (2 p.) Retrieved November 9, 2009, from 
      General OneFile database.

Bongaarts, J. (2002, January). Population: Ignoring its impact. Scientific 
      American 286, 67. (3 p.) Retrieved November 29, 2005, 
      from EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier database (Article 
      number 5638891).

Brown, L. (1994, November-December). Running out of loaves and fishes. 
      Humanist, 54, 30. Retrieved from http://www.americanhumanist.org/

Brown, L.R., Gardner, G. & B. Halwell. (1999, February).  16 impacts of 
      population growth.  Futurist 33, 36 (7 p.). Retrieved November 9, 
      2009, from General OneFile database.

Budiansky, S. (1994, September 12). 10 billion for dinner, please. U.S. 
      News & World Report 117, 57 (4 p.). Retrieved November 9, 
      2009, from General OneFile database. N.B. This article 
      appeared under the description, "Budiansky, S., et al. 1994. Population 
      wars" in the BI131 handout.

Butler, C.D. (2004). Human carrying capacity and human health.
      PLoS Medicine 1, e55. Retrieved December 1, 2005, from 
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0010055

Carpenter, B. & Watson, T. (1994, September 12). More people, more pollution. 
      U.S. News & World Report 117, 63 (3 p.). Retrieved November 29, 
      2005, from EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier database (Article 
      number 9409077541). N.B. This article appeared under the description, 
      "Budiansky, S., et al. 1994. Population wars" in the BI131 handout.

Cohen, J.E.  (1992, November). How many people can earth hold? Discover
       1, 114. (6 p.).

Cohen, J.E. (1995).  Population growth and earth's human carrying capacity.  
      Science 269, 341-345. Retrieved from http://www.sciencemag.org

Cohen, J.E. (1996, April). Ten myths of population. Discover 17, 42. (5 p.).

Cohen, J.E. (2003). Human population: The next half century. Science 
      302, 1172-1175. Retrieved November 9, 2009, from Genral OneFile 
      database.

Daily, G. et al. (1998). Food production, population growth, and the environment.  
      Science 281, 1291-1292. Retrieved November 9, 2009, from General 
      OneFile.

Daily, G.C. & Ehrlich, P. (1992).  Population, sustainability and the 
      Earth's carrying capacity. Bioscience 42, 761 (11 p.). 
      Retrieved November 29, 2005, from General OneFile database.

Day, L.H. (2004, September/October). The positive side of the older 
      populations To come. World Watch 17, 55-57. Retrieved November 9, 
      2009, from General OneFile database. N.B. This 
      is listed under the title, "Population and its discontents" 
      in the BI131 handout.

Ehrlich, A. (1985, July/August). Critical masses. Humanist 45, 18-36.

Ehrlich, P.R. (2003, April). Get off the train and walk. Conservation Biology 
      17, 352 (2 p.).

Ehrlich, P. and Ehrlich, A. (1997).  Ehrlich's fables. Technology 
      Review 100, 38-47. Retrieved November 9, 2009, from  
      General OneFile database.

Ehrlich, P. & Ehrlich, A. (1997). The population explosion: Why we should care 
      and what we should do about it. Environmental Law 27, 1187-1208.

Ehrlich, P.R. and Ehrlich, A. (2006, September 30). Enough already. New 
      Scientist 191, 46-50. Retrieved November 39 2009, from 
      LexisNexis Academic database.

Fornos, W. (1998, July/August). No vacancy. Humanist 58, 15-18.
      Retrieved November 29, 2005, from Academic OneFile database.

Gillis, C., & Lunau, K. (2011, June 20). A world of 10 billion: mass 
      extinctions, water shortages, dwindling oil reserves, grinding 
      poverty. Can the Earth sustain every one of us? Maclean's, 124, 
      60+. Retrieved July 30, 2012, from General OneFile



Hinrichsen, D. (1999, September/October). 6,000,000,000 consumption 
      machines. International Wildlife 29, 22 (8 p.). Retrieved from 
      http://www.nwf.org/nwf/lib/iw/index.html 

Hinrichsen, D. (1994, September/October). Putting the bite on planet 
      earth. International Wildlife 24, 36-45. Retrieved November 12, 
      2009, from Environmental Studies & Policy Collection.

Hinrichsen, D. (1999, September/October). 6,000,000,000 consumption 
      machines. International Wildlife 29, 22 (8 p.). Retrieved November 
      12, 2009, from Environmental Studies & Policy Collection.

James, K.S. (2011). India's demographic change: Opportunities and challenges. 
      Science, 333, 576-580. doi: 10.1126/science.1207969

Kates, R.W. (1994, October). Sustaining life on earth. Scientific 
      American 271, 114-121.

Keyfitz, N. (1989, September). The growing human population. Scientific 
      American 261, 119-126.

King, M. & Elliott, C. (1997). To the point of farce: a Martian view of 
      the Hardinian taboo--the silence that surrounds population control. 
      BMJ 315, 1441-1443. Retrieved December 2, 2005, from 
      http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/315/7120/1441

Jha, S. & Bawa, K.S. (2006). Population growth, human development, 
      and deforestation in biodiversity hotspots. Conservation 
      Biology 20, 906-912.

Lee, R. (2011). The outlook for population growth. Science, 333, 569-573. 
      doi:  10.1126/science.1208859

Linden, E. (1992, Fall). Too many people. Time 140, 64-65.
      Retrieved November 12, 2009, from Academic OneFile
      database.

Linden, E. (1992, Fall). Too many people Time 140, 64-65.

Loefler, I. (2003). The population trap. BMJ 326, 507. Retrieved 
      November 22, 2005, from 
      http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/326/7387/507

Lutz, W., & Samir, K.C. (2011). Global human capital: Integrating education 
      and population. Science, 333, 587-592. doi: 10.1126/science.1206964

Lynas, M. (2004, February 23). The biomass of human bodies now exceeds 
      by a hundred times that of any large animal species that ever 
      existed on land. New Statesman 133), 23-25.  
      Retrieved November 12, 2009, from Academic OneFile database.

McDaniel, C. (2003). Elephant in the room. Conservation Biology 17, 
      954-956.

MacFarquhar, E. (1994, September 12). Population wars. U.S. News & 
      World Report 117, 54 (4 p). Retrieved November 12, 2009, from 
      Academic OneFile database. N.B. This article appeared under the
      description, "Budiansky, S., et al. 1994. Population wars" in the 
      BI131 handout.

MacKenzie, D. (1994, September). Will tomorrow's children starve? New 
      Scientist 143, 24-29.

McKibben, B. (1999, November/December). Taking the pulse of the planet.
      Audubon 101, 104-110.

McMichael, A. (2002). Population, environment, disease, and survival: 
      Past patterns, and uncertain futures. Lancet 359, 1145-1149. 
      doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08164-3

McNicoll, G. (1998). Malthus for the twenty-first century. Population and 
      Development Review 24, 309-316.

Mann, C. (1993, February). How many is too many?. Atlantic Monthly 271, 
      47-60. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from Student Resource Center Gold.

Mastny, L. (2004, September/October). The hazards of youth. World 
      Watch 17, 18-21. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General 
      OneFile. 
      N.B. This is listed under the title, "Population and its 
      discontents" in the BI131 handout.

Mitchell, J. (1998, January/February). Before the next doubling. 
      WorldWatch 11, 20-29. Retrieved January 1, 2007, from
      http://www.worldwatch.org/system/files/EP111A.pdf

      	Note: You must register to access this publication.

Morrison, R. (2013, April 23). The population debate: How many is too 
      many?.  [Web log post]. Retrieved from 
      http://regmorrison.edublogs.org/files/2013/04/
      Population-4b-13rrmif.pdf

Motavalli, J. (1996, November/December). Contents under pressure. E 
      Magazine 7, 28-37.Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General
      OneFiledatabase.

Nicholson-Lord, D. (2006, November). The numbers game. Ecologist 36, 
      22-24. 

Nierenberg, D. (2004, September/October). The population story … so far. 
      World Watch 17, 14-17. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General 
      OneFile database. N.B. This is listed under the title, "Population
      and its discontents" in the BI131 handout.

Normile, D. (2011). The upside of downsizing. Science, 333, 547. 
       Retrieved from http://www.sciencemag.org

Patel, Z. (2012, July 14). Overpopulation: Curse or bonus? Business 
      Recorder Retrieved July 30, 2012, from General OneFile

Peng, X. (2011). China's demographic history and future challenges. Science, 
      333, 581-587. doi:10.1126/science.1209396

Peters, G. (2011). World population, 1970-2009: a perspective on 
      nearly four decades of growth. Yearbook of the Association 
      of Pacific Coast Geographers, 73, 112-132. Retrieved July 30, 
      2102 from General OneFile

Pimentel, D. & Wilson, A. (2004, September/October). World population, 
      agriculture, and malnutrition. World Watch 17, 22-25. Retrieved November 
      12, 2009, from General OneFile database. N.B. This is listed under the
      title, "Population and its discontents" in the BI131 handout.

Postel, S. (1994, March-April). Carrying capacity: Earth's bottom line. 
      Challenge, 37, 4-12. Retrieved from http://www.challengemagazine.com/

Prosterman, R.L., Hanstad, T. & Ping, L. (1996, November). Can China feed 
      itself? Scientific American 275, 90-96. 

Prugh, T. (2009, September-October). Less stuff, or more blood: The 
      world's rich people must decide whether they want to share the 
      planet's resources, or send their children to kill and die for them. 
      World Watch, 22, 30-36. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from 
      General OneFile database.

Raloff, J. (1996, June 22). The human numbers crunch. Science News 149, 
      396-397. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from Student Resources in 
      Context database.

Rich, D. & Mark, J. (2009, Summer). Hold steady. Earth Island 
      Journal, 24, 40-43. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General 
      OneFile database.

Roush, W. (1994). Population: The view from Cairo. Science 265, 1164-1167.
      Retrieved November 12, 2009, from Academic OneFile database.

Sadik, N. (1991, March/April). World population continues to rise. Futurist 
      25, 9-14. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General OneFile.

Sai, F.T. (2004, September/October). Population, Family planning, and the 
      future of Africa. World Watch 17, 34-37. Retrieved November 12, 
      2009, from General OneFile database N.B. This is listed under the title, 
      "Population and its discontents" in the BI131 handout.

Seager, J., Lind, M., & Parker, J. (2009, August 21). Too many people: This 
      house believes the world would be better off with fewer people. [Web log 
      post]. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/debate/days/view/364

Six Billion and Counting. (2004, December). Canada & the World 
      Backgrounder 70, 4-6. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General  
      OneFile.

Smail, J.K. (2004, September/October). Global population reduction: 
      confronting the inevitable. World Watch 17, 58-59. Retrieved November 
      12, 2009, from General OneFile database. N.B. This is listed under the 
       title, "Population and its discontents" in the BI131 handout.

Smith, C.  1995. Assessing the limits to growth. Bioscience 45, 478-483.
      Retrieved from http://ucpressjournals.com/journal.asp?j=bio

Smith, E. (1992, May 11). Growth vs. environment. Business Week 
      3265, 66-75. Retrieved December 1, 2005 from EBSCOhost Academic 
      Search Premier database (Article  Number 9205111632).

Tuljapurkar, S. (2009). Babies make a comeback: the population of some
      wealthy countries is shrinking because of a declining birth rate. It comes
      as a surprise, and one with policy implications, that after a certain point 
      of development that trend can reverse. Nature, 460, 693-694.

Vitousek, P.M., Mooney, H.A. (1997). Human domination of Earth's ecosystems. 
      Science 277, 494-499. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from General 
      OneFile.

Welch, B. (2011, December). Unplugging our economic Ponzi scheme: if 
      the human species hopes to continue thriving, we have to embrace 
      a new model that doesn't rely on population growth. Mother Earth 
      News 249. 105-106, 113. Retrieved July 30, 2012, from General OneFile.

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Books and Videos 

Searching for Books and Videos

The following items are listed in the CCRLS catalog as being at Chemeketa, available for request from another CCRLS location, or available for request through Summit. (See Requesting Materials for instructions on how to do this.) Some are available on the World Wide Web, as indicated:

Bouvier, L.F. and L. Grant. (1994). How many Americans?: Population, immigration 
      and the environment. San Francisco: Sierra Club.

Brown, L.R., Gardner, G. & Halweil, B. (1999). Beyond Malthus: Nineteen 
      dimensions of the population challenge. Washington, DC: WorldWatch.
      Retrieved July 30, 2012, from http://www.worldwatch.org/system/files/EWB110_0.pdf

	Note: You must register to access this publication.

      Library system has:

Brown, L.R., Gardner, G. & Halweil, B. (1998). Beyond Malthus: 
      sixteen dimensions of the population problem. Washington, DC: 
      Worldwatch.

Brown, L.R. & Kane, H. (1994). Full house : reassessing the earth's population 
      carrying capacity . New York: W.W. Norton.

Cincotta, R.P., Engelman, R. & Anastasion, D. (2003). The security 
      demographic: population and civil conflict after the Cold War. 
      Washington, DC: Population Action International.

Cincotta, R.P. & Engelman, R. (2000). Nature's place : human population 
      and the future of biological diversity. Washington, DC:
      Action International.

Durning, A.T. & Crowther, C.D. (1997). Misplaced blame: the 
      real roots of population growth. Seattle: Northwest Environment Watch.

Egendorf, L. (Ed.). (2005). The environment: Opposing viewpoints. 
      Detroit: Greenhaven.

Ehrlich, P. & Ehrlich, A. (1990). The population explosion. New York: 
      Simon and Schuster. 

Ehrlich, P., Ehrlich, A. & Daily,G.C. (1995). The stork and the plow: 
      the equity answer to the human dilemma. New York: Putnam's.

Engelman, R. (2008). More: population, nature, and what women want. 
      Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Engelman, R., Mastny, L., & Worldwatch Institute. (2010). Population, climate 
      change, and women's lives. Washington, D.C: Worldwatch Institute.

Erickson, J. (1999). The Human volcano: population growth as geological force.
      New York : Facts on File.

Gerdes, L.I. (Ed.). (2009). The environment. Detroit: Greenhaven.

Harrison, P. & Pearce, F. (2000). AAAS atlas of population & environment.  
      Berkeley, CA : University of California Press.

Hohm, C.F. & Jones, L.J. & Lio, S. (Eds.). (2000). Population: Opposing viewpoints.
      San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press.

Hohm, C.F. & Jones, L.J. (1995). Population : opposing viewpoints. 
      San Diego: Greenhaven. 

International Food Policy Research Institute. (2002). Sustainable food 
      security for all by 2020: Proceedings of an international conference. 
      Washington, D.C.: the Institute.

Lader, L. (1971). Breeding ourselves to death. New York: Ballantine.

Larsen, J. (2002). Population Growing by 80 million annually. In L.R. Brown, 
      J. Larsen & B. Fischlowitz-Roberts (Eds.) The Earth Policy Reader 
      (pp. 87-90). New York: Norton. Retrieved December 1, 2005 from 
      http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/EPR_contents.htm

Markley, O.W. & McCuan, W.R. (1996). 21st century earth: opposing viewpoints.
           San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press. [Described in BI131 handout 
           under title Population: Opposing viewpoints]

Mastny, L. & Cincotta, R.P. (2005). Examining the connections between
      population and security. [chapter] In Brown, L. et al. (Eds.), State 
      of the world 2005: A WorldWatch Institute report on progress toward 
      a sustainable society (pp. 22-39). New York: w.w. Norton.

Mazur, L.A. (1994). Beyond the numbers: A reader on population, consumption, 
      and the environment. Washington, D.C. : Island Press

Mazur, L. A. (2010). A pivotal moment: Population, justice, and the 
      environmental challenge. Washington, D.C: Island Press.

Meyers, N. & Simon, J. (1994). Scarcity or abundance?. New York: Norton
      This book is available in manuscript form at 
      http://www.juliansimon.org/writings/Norton/.

Mosey, R. M. (2009). 2030, the coming tumult: Unlimited growth on 
      a finite planet. New York: Algora. 

Murdock, S.H. (1995). An America challenged: Population change and the future 
      of the U.S. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Newbold, K.B. (2007). Six billion plus: World population in the twenty-first 
      century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield

Rosenzweig, M.L. (1974). And replenish the earth : The evolution, consequences, 
      and prevention of overpopulation. New York: Harper & Row.

Shariatmadari, H., Attenborough, D., British Broadcasting Corporation., & 
      Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm). (2010). How many people 
      can live on planet earth? Hamilton, N.J: Films for the Humanities &
      Sciences.

Simon, J.L. (1981). The ultimate resource. Princeton: Princeton University
      Press.

World at risk: a global issues sourcebook. (2002). Washington, D.C.: 
      CQ Press.

Meadows, D.H., Meadows, L. & Randers, J. (1992). Beyond the limits:
      confronting global collapse, envisioning a sustainable future Mills, 
      VT: Chelsea Green.

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Additional Materials

Below are the Web pages included in the BI131 handout.

Population Action International. Retrieved 
      November 30, 2005, from http://populationaction.org

United Nations Population Fund. (2004). State of world population 2004. Retrieved 
      December 12, 2013, from http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2004/english/ch1/index.htm

United Nations Population Fund. (2008). State of world population 2008. 
      Retrieved July 31, 2012, from http://www.unfpa.org/publications/detail.cfm?ID=386&filterListType= 

The following books and articles are not available in the CCRLS system, but may be requested through interlibrary loan:

Brown, L. & Flavin, C. (1988, July/August). Earth's vital signs. 
      Futurist 22, 13-21.

Grant, L. (1992). Elephants and Volkswagens. New York: W.H. Freeman.

Grant, L. (2000). Too many people: The case for reversing growth. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks.


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