December 2014

Population Overshoot: Limits to Growth

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 21:34

Assuming the world can feed five billion Asians, four billion Africans and 2 billion ‘other’, the above graph plots the population growth 1960–2100 based on predictions by the United Nations. However, a different set of predictions was published in 1972 in a book titled Limits to Growth, which takes into account declining birth rates, pollution and depletion of resources leading to a premature collapse of the global economy.