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Population Growth

July 16, 1993 • Volume 3, Issue 26
Is the world's skyrocketing population straining the environment?
By Mary H. Cooper

Introduction

There are now 5.6 billion people on the earth. If population growth continues at today's pace, there will be 7.6 billion inhabitants by 2015. Many observers say the planet's resources are being overrun and that growth must be stabilized. Others challenge the pessimists, pointing to man's proven ability to triumph over changing circumstances. Current trends suggest that heavy population growth in the developing world will prompt even more immigration to the United States and other prosperous countries, as poor people seek better lives. Meanwhile, resistance to further immigration is mounting in many parts of Europe and the United States. And some population experts are calling on the industrial countries to bolster foreign aid for Third World family planning and economic development to discourage further immigration.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Population
Nov. 16, 2012  Changing Demographics
Nov. 21, 2008  Declining Birthrates
Jul. 17, 1998  Population and the Environment
Jul. 16, 1993  Population Growth
Oct. 26, 1984  Feeding a Growing World
Aug. 02, 1974  World Population Year
Nov. 24, 1971  Zero Population Growth
Nov. 01, 1967  Population Profile of the United States
Aug. 15, 1962  Population Control
Jun. 13, 1952  Overpopulation
Mar. 10, 1930  Population Problems
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Immigration and Naturalization
International Economic Development
Population Control
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