— Jesse Ausubel of Rockefeller University on a path toward fitting people on a finite, thriving planet
From @RobertEngelman Path to early stabilization of population and substantial environmental progress: “It might be possible to end and then reverse human population growth through a strategy aimed at elevating women’s status and increasing access to contraceptive services, so that essentially all births result from intended pregnancies. Preliminary calculations based on conservative assumptions suggest that global fertility would immediately move slightly below replacement levels, putting world population on a path toward an early peak followed by gradual decline. The success of such a strategy would have many other benefits, such as reducing disability and deaths among mothers and their children and freeing more women to earn money and participate actively in social affairs.” From the SOLUTIONS journal: Why Family Planning is Key to a Sustainable Future.
“Youth bulge” + education + unemployment + repression = Arab turmoil, writes Joe Chamie in YaleGlobal Online, assessing the Middle East. Welcome to the world of the “Population Cluster Bomb, as described by Chamie on Dot Earth in 2007.
Here, from the Yale article, are the relative population increases in the Arab world and other regions since 1970.