• Edited By: Gayl D. Ness, Steven R. Brechin, and William D. Drake
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Year Published: 1993

Population and environment are topics of intense current discussion and international action. Population growth rates have given rise to the metaphor of an exploding bomb, and accounts of oil spills, droughts, and rain forest destruction appear daily in the news. Despite the crowded agenda, observes Gayl Ness, the relationships between population and the environment still defy clear and comprehensive understanding. While they are closely intertwined in real life, they are separate in much of our thought and action. The contributors to this volume explore the basis of this separation and offer ways to integrate these closely interconnected areas, providing a forum for dialogue between those who support the interests of each. Topics covered include population-environment dynamics in historical perspective; constraints on sustainable growth in agricultural production; population as concept and parameter in the modeling of deforestation; powers and limits of the state and technology; resource control, fertility, and migration; and an ecosystem approach to the study of coastal areas.