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Date of Publication: April 18, 2016
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Author(s): Paul R Ehrlich, Anne H Ehrlich
Journal: BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality
Volume: 1: 3
How has the population-resource-environment situation changed since the publishing of The Population Bomb in 1968? Paul and Anne Ehrlich take a critical look.
ABSTRACT: Today’s population–resource–environment situation is summarized in comparison with that pertaining in 1968 when The Population Bomb was published. The human predicament is now much more serious, since the human population has more than doubled in size since 1968, key resources are much more depleted, and environmental deterioration is substantially more advanced. It is concluded that a change of society as profound and far-reaching as the agricultural revolution may provide a slim hope of avoiding a collapse of civilization, a change so profound as to cause the disappearance of most of the features of the industrial age and the myths that sustain it.