POPULATION ENVIRONMENT LINKAGES - DISCONTINUITIES AHEAD

Authors
Citation
N. Myers, POPULATION ENVIRONMENT LINKAGES - DISCONTINUITIES AHEAD, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 116-118
Citations number
22
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
116 - 118
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<116:PEL-DA>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
The rapid growth in human numbers in the developing world imposes unsu stainable burdens on the environmental-resource base that underpins mu ch economic activity. While population growth is but one of many facto rs, it is an exceptionally significant factor. Indeed in many countrie s there is emerging a pronounced imbalance between the growth of popul ation on the one hand and the natural-resource endowment on the other hand-albeit with much differentiated impact according to countries and development sectors. In a number of cases, we can soon expect to enco unter a phenomenon of environmental discontinuities. That is to say, w e shall find that environmental degradation and natural-resource deple tion will suddenly and sharply worsen as a result of the demands of gr owing numbers of people, coupled with the cumulative burden of past ov er-exploitation. While much can be done to relieve the situation throu gh amended policies in the economic and technological spheres, there i s a premium on slowing population growth with all due despatch (1).