Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment

Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment

Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment

Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment

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Since the first edition of Population, Resources, Environment was published seven years ago, the population of the world has grown by almost one-half billion people -- roughly the number that lived in the entire world when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. In the same period, famine has stalked the nomads of the sub- Saharan region of Africa and the struggling peasants of the Indian subcontinent, an energy crisis has transformed perceptions of the world resource situation, and nuclear weapons have become increasingly accessible to the nations of the world. Since 1972, the world economy has been rocked by both monetary inflation and production recession. The significance of environmental deterioration has become inescapable, and its complex relation to economics has been brought to the attention of millions who had never previously paid attention to either. The realization has dawned that seemingly disparate events in the economic, environmental, and polit- ical spheres are interconnected. That civilization has entered a period of grave . . .

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