Critical Masses

Critical Masses

The Global Population Challenge

George D. Moffett - Author

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ISBN 9780140232264 | 368 pages | 01 Dec 1995 | Penguin | 5.07 x 7.79in | Adult
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Every day, the human family grows by a quarter of a million people, many of them born into the very countries that can least afford to provide them with jobs, housing, and nutrition, and that are least able to prevent the environmental degradation that rapid population growth can produce.

Award-winning journalist and scholar George D. Moffett has traveled around the world to meet the people who confront the daily reality of the rising numbers – farmers in Kenya, squatters in the slums of Cairo, woman entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, relief workers, holy men, economists, diplomats. History, survey, and policy guide, Critical Masses serves to give warning but also provides a positive presecription for change.

Critical Masses Acknowledgments


"Crowds, O World, Crowds": The Explosion of Cities

"A Place at the Banquet": Feeding the World

"The Limits to Growth": Environmental Degradation and the Multitudes

"Fewer Is Better": A Model of Family Planning

"A Woman's-Eye View": Redefining the Approach to Population

"Go Forth and Multiply": Faith and Family Planning

"A World Population Plan of Action": The International Policy Response


Suggestions for Further Reading
"Illuminates the population problem in poor nations in terms of real people rather than just large numbers.… A book to read, enjoy, and learn from."
—Paul R. Ehrlich, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Vividly conveys the population-driven environmental, social, political, and economic disintegration that is occurring worldwide"
Scientific American

"Brings into stark relief the effects of over-population on the lives of real people."
Publisher's Weekly

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