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This book is all about demographics What happens as people have fewer children live longer move David Foot author of Boom Bust and Echo argued that two thirds of everything can be explained by demographics and that s what Pearce sets out to prove in The Coming Population Crash Pearce starts with a eview of demographic thinking starting with the 18th century scholar Malthus and working his way forward Pearce is at his strongest I think when he describes how generations of political scientists economists and demographers took Malthus to heart and unwittingly engineered Malthusian crises which they described as inevitable One poignant example was the Irish famine wherein ich British landowners exported food from the island while their Irish tenants starved all while arguing that the problem was Irish fertility A similar hetoric is happening even now in Kenya Malthus influenced directly or indirectly eugenics movements and xenophobic thinking that continue todayI was also impressed with Pearce s analysis of today s world Travelling from Italy to Bangladesh to San Paolo Pearce paints a picture of the world as it is and describes how we got here All over the globe with few exceptions women are having fewer children Peace points out some *Of The Political Ramifications *the political amifications the little emperors in China to the abandonment of cities in East Germany to the bulging slums in megalopolises around the world Where I thought Pearce was weakest was in his final chapters the ones where he gets to the crux of his subtitle Our Planet s Surprising Future Pearce envisions an aging world but one in which the elderly are active in political and social affairs important in taking care of their families and present Demography is destiny It underlies many of the issues that shake the world from war and economics to immigration No wonder then that fears of overpopulation flared egularly over the last century a century that saw the world's population uadruple Even today baby booms are blamed for genocide and terrorism and overpopulation is egularly cited as the primary factor driving global warming and other environmental issuesYet surprisingly it appears that the explosion is past its peak Around the world in developing countries as well as in ich ones today's women are having on average 26 children half the number their mothers had Within a generation world fertility will likely follow Europe's to below eplacement levels and by 2040 the world's population will be declining for the first time since the Black Death almost seven hundred .
N the workplace I think "given the amount of times *Pearce described previous demographic trends the apid decrease in fertility "the amount of times *Pearce described previous demographic trends the apid decrease in fertility example as completely unexpected he should be the first *described previous demographic trends the apid decrease in fertility for example as completely unexpected he should be the first admit that a similar unexpected trend could creep up on us There s just no way to predict what the planet s going to be like in 2050 let alone 2100That said I thought this was a well esearched well argued book Certainly it provides food for thought As befits a oving journalist Pearce s book is a collection of field eports from around the world sometimes amusing often eye opening and at times insightful updates of the current state of affairs on our planet from
sociological and cultural point of I do agree with other eaders that in such a short piece of work it lacks deep analysis and well argued conclusions but that did not detract from my enjoyment of this book However his optimism and hope for a better future where mankind s current depredations on the living planet are constrained I found ather baseless in a few instances for eg his belief that people makes for better land management in Africa was difficult to accept without substantiation to give one example This aside the major demographic trend that the author harps on the ageing and eventual shrinkage of world population does present some hope that the current magnitude of environmental destruction would inevitably moderate The million dollar uestion then is would it be too late As Pearce correctly pointed out it is the growth in per capita consumption that is today the key driver of ecological impact ather than sheer population numbers And to counter that efficiency gains from green tech and fewer people may not be enough without a comm. Ears agoIn The Coming Population Crash veteran environmental writer Fred Pearce eveals the dynamics behind this dramatic shift Charting the demographic path of our species over two hundred years he begins by chronicling the troubling history of authoritarian efforts to contain the twentieth century's population explosion as well as the worldwide trend toward the empowerment of women that led to lower birthrates And then with vivid eporting from around the globe he dives into the environmental social and economic effects of our surprising demographic futureNow is probably the last time in history that our world will hold young people than elders Most fear that an aging world population will put a serious drain on national esources as a shrinking working population supports a growing number of etirees But is this necessarily. Ensurate change in societal values Pearce has never met an immigrant he didn t like and that elentless optimism gets a little old over 300 pages i could have wished for 300 pages I could have wished for even handed treatment on this subject but the scope of his esearch is impressive You might think that demographics is simply births and deaths but Pearce *looks at how the human life cycle has changed over the last 150 years and how those changes affect *at how the human life cycle has changed over the last 150 years and how those changes affect technology women s ights and the graying of the global population Best sentence in the book Should we fear the wrinklies I ecommend this book There are other books that explore the minutiae of all the individual topics Pearce introduces but this is a great overview the eason we call urban myth or one looks at how a history event was passed down extra sensationalism were often added so the history changes as time goes byone such myth is population explosion started by Malthusthen it does not stopAuthor has been using a lot of data in many countries to prove that not only population does not grow ather as we often talks about population is in severe decline Japan India Sri Lanka EU zonesdespite the fact that population growth has been controlled via political and cultural meansthis book is a wake up call to all of us as modern observer to ealize what is wrong with the headline population growth in severe decline vs old urban myth people have no food to eat due t A great book with possibly the best Introduction I ve ever ead Though it s a little 11years outdated now much of it is as elevant as ever I felt it didn t uite deserve the 5th star as the pace and panache of the book dwindled in the final two sections Nonetheless will definitely ecommend to my student. So Might an older world population have an upside Pearce also shows us why our demographic future holds increased migration ates and eveals the hypocrisy at the heart of anti immigrant hetoric in the developed world the simple fact is that countries with lower birthrates need workers and countries with higher birthrates need work And he tackles the truism that population density always leads to environmental degradation taking us from some of the world's most densely packed urban slums to ural Africa to argue that underpopulation can sometimes be the cause of environmental woes while cities could hold the key to sustainable livingPearce's provocative book is essential eading for anyone who wants to know what demographics tell us about our global future and for all those who believe in learning from the mistakes of the past.