THE POPULATION CONCERN

Authors
Citation
G. Ohlin, THE POPULATION CONCERN, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 6-9
Citations number
4
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
6 - 9
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<6:TPC>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
The role of population growth in past history and present and future e conomic growth and development is still not well understood. The spect acular growth of world population in the past has been closely associa ted with economic progress and growing prosperity, and the evidence of its harmful effect on development is weaker than often thought. Pover ty and famine in developing countries should usually not be ascribed t o population growth but to natural disasters and disastrous policies. The demographic transition adjusts birth rates to death rates but only with a lag, and world population will rise considerably well into the next century no matter what governments in developing countries do to encourage family planning. Population is not a policy variable that g overnments can turn on or off at will. Policy attention should be dire cted not only to restraining population, but to ways to accommodate th e inevitable and to promote and develop technologies that will make th is possible with minimal environmental destruction.