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17-Mar-2014

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Contact: Camilo Mora
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Overpopulation: The transparent elephant in the room causing crucial modern crises

A review of nearly 200 research articles (~75% published in the last ten years) shows how the issue of population growth is being downplayed and trivialized despite its fundamental role on modern crises related to unemployment, public debt, welfare (e.g., reduced access to food and water or even health and education), extinction of species and climate change. The study suggests that no foreseeable pathways, to fix or ameliorate such crises, are likely without seriously dealing with natality rates by both developed and developing nations.

The paper is written by Camilo Mora, assistant professor of Geography in the College of Social Sciences at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and will appear in the March 17th issue of the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Society.

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