The Population Bomb

The Population Bomb[KINDLE] ✽ The Population Bomb Author Paul R. Ehrlich – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Book annotation not available for this titleTitle The Population BombAuthor Ehrlich, Paul RPublisher Buccaneer BooksPublication Date Number of Pages Binding Type HARDCOVERLibrary of Congress BL Book annotation not available for this titleTitle The Population BombAuthor Ehrlich, Paul RPublisher Buccaneer booksPublication Date Number of Pages Binding Type HARDCOVERLibrary of Congress BL. In 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich achieved infamy by publishing The Population Bomb, one of the most controversial eco books ever printed Ehrlich has been condemned to spend eternity with Thomas Malthus, in a dungeon reserved for doom perverts To this day, professors still use the two lads as great reasons to never take seriously anyone who asserts that there are limits to growth We all know, of course, that humankind has no limits We have technology Actually, Malthus never predicted catastrop In 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich achieved infamy by publishing The Population Bomb, one of the most controversial eco books ever printed Ehrlich has been condemned to spend eternity with Thomas Malthus, in a dungeon reserved for doom perverts To this day, professors still use the two lads as great reasons to never take seriously anyone who asserts that there are limits to growth We all know, of course, that humankind has no limits We have technology Actually, Malthus never predicted catastrophic famine He simply stated the obvious when population reaches overshoot, the death rate will automatically rise to restore balance, one way or another starvation, disease, conflict A thousand people cannot prosper if forced to share ten cheeseburgers a day The overshoot ceiling rises when food is abundant, and falls when food is scarce Malthus was not a doomer His cardinal sin was declaring the obvious that there are limits to growth.Ehrlich, on the other hand, actually did predict catastrophic famine, and soon The first lines in his book are, The battle to feed all of humanity is over In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now Millions indeed starved, but not hundreds of millions Everyone agrees that this prediction was inaccurate or premature.When Ehrlich was writing, India was sliding toward catastrophic famine Only ten nations producedfood than they consumed in 1966 In America, the postwar baby boom led to a freakish population spike of 55 million in 20 years The streets of 1968 were jammed with scruffy rebels protesting the Vietnam War, and our totally unhip way of life It was hip to be loud, brash, and vigorously opposed to the status quo.At the same time, the Green Revolution was just getting rolling, and no one could foresee how well it would succeed at temporarily boosting grain production Norman Borlaug was the wizard of the Green Revolution, and his holy mission was to reduce world hunger He hoped that the new technology would give us 10 or 20 years to resolve our population issues We didn t even try Those who recommend strict population control measures are called callous But the leaders who take no action on population are also callous.Naturally, muchfood led to manypeople In 1968, there were 3.5 billion people, by late this morning there were 7.2 billion World hunger sharply increased, and many other problems worsened The Green Revolution had wonderful intentions, but its unintended consequences far exceeded its benefits, because we refused to seize the opportunity to confront and subdue the 800 pound gorilla.The bottom line here is that Ehrlich s predictions of catastrophe within a specific timeframe were wrong, but he succeeded in bringing a lot of attention to real and growing problems population, pollution, and environmental destruction At the same time, he succeeded at pissing off almost everyone Liberals hated him because he wanted to set population goals for poor nations, and withhold food aid from those who did not meet their goals He contemplated the notion of withholding food aid to nations that had zero chance of becoming self sufficient He did not endorse the right of families to breed as they pleased a right that was not handcuffed to responsibilities.Religious people hated him because he believed that contraception and abortion should be legal everywhere, and that all children should receive rigorous training in sex education and family planning They hated him because he believed that fetuses were nothingthan potential humans.Environmentalists hated him, because he was a lightning rod for criticism They believe that his fondness for bold statements made it hard for folks to trust anything greens said He was a popular scapegoat to blame their failures on If Ehrlich had never been born, would we be living in a sustainable utopia today Conservatives hated him because he wanted to regulate pollution and pesticide use He advocated compulsory population control, because voluntary family planning has never been successful at stabilizing or reducing population Ehrlich detested their insane obsession with perpetual economic growth, which thrived on population growth, and disregarded ecocide But they loved him for being so loud and so bizarre He made it easy for them to label all greens as hysterical nutjobs.Modern society is suffocating in information Everyone in a hunter gatherer clan knew the entire collection of their cultural information Today, we don t know a millionth of our cultural information, because knowing it all is impossible So, climatologists are freaked out about rising temperatures, while the masses are blissfully ignorant Petroleum geologists are freaked out about the looming specter of Peak Energy, while the masses are not.Within the realm of his specialty, Ehrlich could perceive enormous threats that society was unaware of, and this freaked him out He was compelled to rattle cages If he had written a dry, mature, scholarly discourse on population, with 300 footnotes, it would not have reached a general audience and provoked lively and widespread discussion In modern society, suffocating in information, you get attention by flaming and screaming, like the election ads for candidates Whether or not it is honorable, it works In my opinion, Ehrlich s ideas were sincere, and a bit inflamed, but not devious fabrications.Ehrlich s book was read by many, and it drew needed attention to a crucial issue A taboo subject was let out of the closet, for a while Others were inspired to write books Green organizations boldly called for action, but many checkbook activists promptly revolted by putting away their checkbooks So, the issue of overpopulation was handed over to Big Mama Nature to resolve, and she will.While his ideas continue to outrage many, they do have a basis in cold, hard reason We could reward couples who don t marry until 25, and those who space their children at least five years apart Childfree people could be eligible to win lottery prizes There has been little effective criticism of the medical profession or the government for their preoccupation with death control death control in the absence of birth control is self defeating It would have been cool if humans were purely rational, realized their mistake, and took bold action to avert disaster Ehrlich sighed By now you are probably fed up with this discussion Americans will do none of these things, you say Well, I m inclined to agree He wrote because there was a wee chance for success.Don t read this book to learn about overpopulation and its side effects Hundreds of newer books are farup to date Read this book to contemplate morals, ethics, taboos, ideologies, and communication Contemplate his critics, and why they are so determined to banish discussion on an issue that is a major threat to humankind and the planet see the reader comments on .com The anger and pain that continues to swirl around this book provides a fascinating study in human nature long term survival vs a mentally unstable culture Ehrlich is an intelligent and charismatic fellow In 2008, on the fortieth anniversary of The Population Bomb, he reread his book and blushed a bit He had learned a few new things in the preceding forty years, but his overall impression was that in 1968 he had been far too optimistic He presented his current perspective in a lecture at Stanford, From the Population Bomb to the Dominant Animal YouTube, 54 min 45 years ago, and the exponential growth of world population has continued 3.5 billion peeps in 1968 and it hasthan doubled since then Agricultural methods that rely on toxic chemicals, fertilizers, and genetic modification of seed stock, all dependent on petroleum that has surpassed its peak production and, if you talk about sustainability, half of the population in the USA will look at you like you are crazy When I read this as a junior in high school in 1969, I thought that the Chine 45 years ago, and the exponential growth of world population has continued 3.5 billion peeps in 1968 and it hasthan doubled since then Agricultural methods that rely on toxic chemicals, fertilizers, and genetic modification of seed stock, all dependent on petroleum that has surpassed its peak production and, if you talk about sustainability, half of the population in the USA will look at you like you are crazy When I read this as a junior in high school in 1969, I thought that the Chinese were the only ones who grasped the concept with their national policy of having only one child per family The Catholic Church and other identifiable categories of people encouraged themselves to continue to have large families, perhaps because when it comes to the breaking point, those groups with the greatest numbers will belikely to have an identity left over And us idiots who bought into this Malthusian hogwash will be totally outnumbered, and we will end up at the end of the bread lines Totally depressing Grow your organic gardens people BTW, I am currently reading Dan Brown s Inferno, and I m about a third of the way through It s a great fiction related to this topic I can t wait to reach the end and see how Robert Langdon saves the day from the evil forces attempting to obliterate the worlds overpopulated masses A work of a true crackpot A scary and honest book, written in the seventies, but eventrue today than the time it was written Ehrlich s book reminds you that that cute, puff cheeked lil sweetie screaming and gurgling away in the corner, that gets you all those government benefits, is actually contributing to the dangerous overcrowding that threatens to destroy our world True, some of Ehrlich s predictions were exaggerated, and he failed to take into account some of the mitigating factors, but his basic argument A scary and honest book, written in the seventies, but eventrue today than the time it was written Ehrlich s book reminds you that that cute, puff cheeked lil sweetie screaming and gurgling away in the corner, that gets you all those government benefits, is actually contributing to the dangerous overcrowding that threatens to destroy our world True, some of Ehrlich s predictions were exaggerated, and he failed to take into account some of the mitigating factors, but his basic argument that too many humans are, paradoxically, humanity s greatest danger remains as true today as it ever was Ehrlich argues that what the world needs to survive is s shift away from let s make as many cute babies as possible attitude into a realization that breeding should be performed responsibly and with an eye to resources Given the growth of medieval fundamentalism in this century, the prevailing attitude that sex without procreation is somehow indecent, and that belief that birth is somehow a miracle ordained by God, one can t help but think that Ehrlich s cry for a new paradigm is falling on deaf ears or maybe people just can t hear it because the kids are screaming too much Please read this one before you re tempted to have unprotected sex Or even, instead of One of Cambridge Sustainability s Top 50 Books for Sustainability, as voted for by our alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world To find out , click here.The Population Bomb, as its title suggests and as the tone of writing reflects, is a warning of impending crisis It was one of the first books to discuss the inherent conflict between growing human demands and finite resources The most pressing concern at the time was food security Given population and agricultur One of Cambridge Sustainability s Top 50 Books for Sustainability, as voted for by our alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world To find out , click here.The Population Bomb, as its title suggests and as the tone of writing reflects, is a warning of impending crisis It was one of the first books to discuss the inherent conflict between growing human demands and finite resources The most pressing concern at the time was food security Given population and agricultural trends, it seemed likely that the world would soon be unable to feed itself.His general thesis is that unfettered population growth is a critical driver of the world s social, environmental and economic challenges It is a warning we would still do well to heed Do any sort of campaigning around environmental issues these days and it isn t long before someone tells you that the problem is simple there are too many people This argument doesn t just come from the right, but is quite prevalent though I don t think dominant within the environmental movement itself.Paul Ehrlich s book wasn t the first to put this argument when it was first published in 1971, but it was certainly enormously influential, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and propell Do any sort of campaigning around environmental issues these days and it isn t long before someone tells you that the problem is simple there are too many people This argument doesn t just come from the right, but is quite prevalent though I don t think dominant within the environmental movement itself.Paul Ehrlich s book wasn t the first to put this argument when it was first published in 1971, but it was certainly enormously influential, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and propelling Ehrlich to fame Ehrlich argues that overpopulation was the root cause of a whole host of social issues, though he did focus on two, questions that remain central to this sort of polemic today hunger and environmental destruction.The problem is he was, and the argument today remains, wrong I thought I d write a review for a book that is at last easy to review This book changed my outlook on life Some of it has stayed with me all these many years Here s what I remember unlike most things cost of living, GNP , the population doesn t grow by percentage points, it grows exponentially The author gives an example there is a pond with one square inch of scum on it Every day the scum will double in size and at the end of one month, the pond will be completely covered How much o I thought I d write a review for a book that is at last easy to review This book changed my outlook on life Some of it has stayed with me all these many years Here s what I remember unlike most things cost of living, GNP , the population doesn t grow by percentage points, it grows exponentially The author gives an example there is a pond with one square inch of scum on it Every day the scum will double in size and at the end of one month, the pond will be completely covered How much of the pond is covered in 29 days Now being someone who is mathematically challenged, I sensed math in the answer, assumed I couldn t do it, and just thought well a lot of it is covered Then he gives the obvious answer only one half of the pond is covered Wow, I thought, we are really screwed Many years later, he wrote a sequel, which I read, and he said it s too late to do anything about it Barring a pandemic, meterorite, or some other catastrophe, we will likely drown in our own waste Sorry to be such a downer, but you didn t really think there would be a nice, neat solution, did you Some things should be required in order to graduate high school and being allowed to procreate A course in LOGIC, even if it s just pass fail, and reading this or a similar book Humans are delusional and refuse to accept the earth and it s resources are finite We need a serious wake up call, as there are ALREADY too many people on this planet, as the extinction of other species has proven We are now a cancer on the planet. I read in college in the 70 s I was very impressionable I have learned to be muchskeptical Not recommend other than if you seek alarmist propaganda. The voice of a prophet crying in the wilderness Half a century later, people are still sleepwalking in denial The elephant is still in the parlor and still no one wants to see it, or talk about it This was a very important book You can argue with his timeline, but the fact is that the earth has added a billion people in the last twelve years That will have consequences, and they will not be pretty

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  • Hardcover
  • 201 pages
  • The Population Bomb
  • Paul R. Ehrlich
  • English
  • 03 June 2019
  • 1568495870