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Unformatted text preview: B e y o n d M a l t h u s : S i x t e e n D i m e n s i o n s o f t h e P o p u l a t i o n P r o b l e m L E S T E R R . B R O W N , G A R Y G A R D N E R , A N D B R I A N H A L W E I L L i n d a S t a r k e , E d i t o r W O R L D W A T C H P A P E R 1 4 3 S e p t e m b e r 1 9 9 8 W O R L D W A T C H I N S T I T U T E F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e W o r l d w a t c h I n s t i t u t e a n d o t h e r W o r l d w a t c h p u b l i c a t i o n s , p l e a s e v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t h t t p : / / w w w . w o r l d w a t c h . o r g Introduction: The Population Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Population Growth and . . . Grain Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Fresh Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Biodiversity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Climate Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Oceanic Fish Catch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Cropland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Forests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Urbanization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Natural Recreation Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Waste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Meat Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Conclusion: Breaking Out or Breaking Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Table of Contents THE WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE is an independent, nonprofit envi- ronmental research organization in Washington, DC. Its mission is to fos- ter a sustainable society in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or future generations. To this end, the Institute conducts interdisciplinary research on emerging global issues, the results of which are published and disseminated to deci-...
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