14. Malthusian Question

14. Malthusian Question - Prof. Turner The Earth...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 10.25.07 I) The Malthusian Question 1) Irresolvable Theme a Fundamental Question: What is and ought to be our relationship with nature? b A few large themes embedded within the “fundamental question” they appear irresolvable over the long run and thus constantly resurface c The relationship between size of population and the resource base of the biosphere is one such theme d Malthusian question: is there a resource limit to population size? 2) The Question? a The Malthusian Question has been raised twice in the second half of the 20 th century (i) 1960s as the global population doubled to 5 billion (ii) 1990s (late) as that population reached 6 billion (6.7 billion in 2007) And surely before 2050 this is expected to be 9 billion b Strongly polarized views of populations limits with tendency (i) For environmental scientists Yes (ii) For significant potion of social scientists No c The more appropriate division is between (i) Bio- or ecocentric position
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 2

14. Malthusian Question - Prof. Turner The Earth...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online