ERIC Number: ED175780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Resources, Environment, and Population: The Nature of Future Limits. Population Bulletin, Vol. 34, No. 3, August 1979.
Ridker, Ronald G.; Cecelski, Elizabeth W.
To determine the current status and possible trends in the balance between global population growth and natural resources, the bulletin examines demands presented by population and economic growth at various periods throughout history. Periods examined are the recent past, the present to the year 2025, and the long term. Factors focused upon include socioeconomic indicators such as health, shelter, food, clothing, leisure time, and life expectancy; trends in market prices; supplies of resources such as aluminum, nickel, copper, cobalt, and oil; ultimate food and energy resource production possibilities; and environmental constraints and risks such as pollution, conflicts over land use, global climate changes, and nuclear proliferation. Data analyzed include World Bank statistics, government reports, Food and Agricultural Organization reports, and journal articles and research studies dealing with economic theories, development, population projections, environmental quality, demographic change, agriculture, and energy. Findings indicate that, generally, the world as a whole has been winning the race between demand and supply as indicated by improvement in socioeconomic indicators, relatively stable resource market prices, and evidence of resource and environmental conservation. The conclusion, however, is that while cessation of population growth does help, it does not by itself constitute a solution to the world's resource problems. (DB)
Descriptors: Bulletins, Depleted Resources, Ecology, Economic Factors, Energy, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Living Standards, Natural Resources, Population Growth, Poverty, Social Indicators, Socioeconomic Influences, Trend Analysis, World Problems
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.