02 Aug '11, 2pm

A New Look at Population Bombs and Bulges via @dotearth

The current issue of Science has a hefty package of coverage and analysis of population trends that is well worth exploring. Much is behind the journal’s subscription wall, but some elements are free. Sven Torfinn for The New York Times A baby delivered by Caesarean section in a Sierra Leone hospital. The introduction by Science editors , like the coverage in National Geographic earlier this year, notes the failure, so far, of neo-Malthusian predictions of global doom from overpopulation and centers on the reality that population pressures, and problems, are local and focused in hot spots. Echoing a piece I wrote in the first month of this blog , back in 2007, the editors describe a world of population “cluster bombs.” Video reports explore the forces driving changes in fertility , the impact of access to family planning and one instance, in Machakos, Kenya , where rapid p...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/a-fresh-look...

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