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Unit 5: Human Population Dynamics // Section 9: Further Reading

Further Reading

Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities For Our Time (New York: Penguin, 2006). Economist Jeffrey Sachs offers a plan to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025, focusing on actions to improve the lives of the world's one billion poorest citizens.

John Bongaarts, "How Long Will We Live?" Population and Development Review, vol. 32, no. 4 (December 2006), pp. 605–628. A look at the factors that have increased life expectancy in high-income countries since 1800 and at prospects for continued gains.

Joel E. Cohen, "Human Population Grows Up," Scientific American, September 2005, pp. 48–55. In the next 50 years, Earth's human population will be larger, slower-growing, more urban, and older than in the 20th century, with significant implications for sustainability.

"The Economics of Demographics," (whole issue) Finance & Development, vol. 43, no. 3, September 2006. A detailed look at policy adjustments that can help world leaders cope with demographic change.

Mike Davis, "Slum Ecology," Orion, March/April 2006. Living conditions in urban slums invert the principles of good urban planning: houses stand on unstable slopes, people live next to polluted and toxic sites, and open space is scarce or lacking.

Malcolm Gladwell, "The Risk Pool," New Yorker, August 28, 2006. Population age structures and dependency ratios explain Ireland's recent economic boom and the woes of many U.S. corporate pension plans.

Paul Harrison and Fred Pearce, AAAS Atlas of Population and the Environment (Berkeley: American Association for the Advancement of Science and University of California Press, 2000), An online source of information on the relationships between human population and the environment, with text, maps, and diagrams.


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