Understanding Sustainability

Sustainability References

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Abernethy, Virginia D. 1993. Population Politics: The Choices that Shape Our Future. Plenum, New York. [excerpt on carrying capacity]

Adams, William M. and Sally Jeanrenaud. 2008. Transition to Sustainability: Towards a Humane and Diverse World. IUCN, Gland. [PDF] [related IUCN video]

Allendorf, T.D. and K. Allendorf. 2012. "What Every Conservation Biologist Should Know about Human Population." Conservation Biology 26(6):953-1161. [PDF]

Appleman, Philip. 1965. The Silent Explosion. Beacon Press, Boston.

Barreto, Paulo, Carlos Souza, Ruth Noguerón, Anthony Anderson, and Rodney Salomão, with Janice Wiles. 2006. Human Pressure on the Brazilian Amazon Forests. World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C. [PDF

Bartlett, Albert A. 1997. "Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth and the Environment." Renewable Resources Journal 15(4):6-23. [1998 revised version] [original 1994 version excerpt]

Black, Richard. 2001. "Environmental Refugees: Myth or Reality?" Working Paper #34, University of Sussex, Brighton. [PDF]

Bongaarts, John and Rodolfo A. Bulatao (eds.). 2000. Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the World's Population. Committee on Population, National Research Council. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

Bongaarts, John. 1996. "Population Pressure and the Food Supply System in the Developing World." Population and Development Review 22(3):483-503.

Borgström, Georg. 1961. Too Many: A Story of Earth's Biological Limitations. MacMillan, New York.

Boserup, Ester. 1981a. Population and Technology. Blackwell, Oxford.

Boserup, Ester. 1981b. Population and Technological Change: A Study of Long-term Trends. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Brading, David A. and Celia Wu. 1973. "Population Growth and Crisis: León, 1720-1860." Journal of Latin American Studies 5:1-36. [abstract] [PDF (restrictions)]

Brander, James A. and M. Scott Taylor. 1998. "The Simple Economics of Easter Island: A Ricardo-Malthus Model of Renewable Resource Use." American Economic Review 88:119-138. [PDF]

Brown, Lester R. and H. Kane. 1994. Full House: Reassessing the Earth's Population Carrying Capacity. Norton, New York. [related video (part 1)] [related video (part 2)]

Brown, Lester R., Gary Gardner, and Brian Halweil. 1999. Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge. Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C. [PDF] [related video]

Cairns, John, Jr. 1998b. "Malthus Revisited: Sustainability and the Denial of Limits." The Social Contract 8(3):157-167. [PDF]

Cohen, Joel E. 1995. "Population Growth and Earth’s Carrying Capacity." Science 269(5222):341-346. [PDF] [related paper by Cohen in Discover] [related video]

Cohen, Joel E. 1996. How many People Can the Earth Support? Norton, New York.  [related paper by author in Discover] [related paper by Cohen in Science (PDF)] [related video]

Cohen, Mark N. 1977. The Food Crisis in Prehistory: Overpopulation and the Origins of Agriculture. Yale University Press, New Haven. [review 1 (PDF)] [review 2 (PDF)] [review 3 (PDF)

Costanza, Robert. 1990. "Balancing Humans in the Biosphere: Escaping the Overpopulation Trap." NPG Forum Series July. [PDF] [related video]

Daily, Gretchen C. and Paul R. Ehrlich. 1992. "Population, Sustainability, and Earth's Carrying Capacity: A Framework for Estimating Population Sizes and Lifestyles that Could Be Sustained without Undermining Future Generations." BioScience 42:761-771.

Davis, Kingsley. 1963. "Population." Scientific American 209(3):62-71.

Davis, Kingsley. 1973. "Zero Population Growth: The Goal and the Means." Daedalus 102:15-39.

Demeny, Paul. 1986. "The World Demographic Situation." Pages 27-66 in Jane Menken (ed.), World Population and U.S. Policy, Norton, New York.

DeNavas-Walt, Carmen, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith. 2010. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009. Current Population Reports, Consumer Income, Report P60-238, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Wasjhington, D.C.  [PDF] [news report]

Dovers, Stephen and Tony Norton. 1994. "Population, Environment, and Sustainability: Reconstruction the Debate." Sustainable Development 2(1):1-7. [PDF]

Ehrlich, Paul R. 1968. The Population Bomb. Ballantine, New York. [related article by Paul and Anne Ehrlich (PDF)]

Ehrlich, Paul R. 1982. "Human Carrying Capacity, Extinctions, and Nature Reserves." Bioscience 32(5):331-333. [PDF] [related video]

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. 1990. The Population Explosion. Simon & Schuster, New York. [review]

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. 2009. "The Population Bomb Revisited." The Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development 1(3):63-71. [PDF] [related video]

Evans, Alex. 2009. The Feeding of the Nine Billion: Global Food Security for the 21st Century. Chatham House Report, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London. [PDF

Evans, L. 1998. Feeding the Ten Billion: Plants and Population Growth. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Fornos, Werner. 1987. Gaining People, Losing Ground: A Blueprint for Stabilizing World Population. Science Press, Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

Fraser, F. and Raymond F. Dasmann (eds.). 1971. A Conversation on Population, Environment, and Human Well-being. The Conservation Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Gallant, Roy A. 1990. The Peopling of the Planet Earth. Macmillia, New York. 

Godfray, H. Charles J., John R. Beddington, Ian R. Crute, Lawrence Haddad, David Lawrence, James F. Muir, Jules Pretty, Sherman Robinson, Sandy M. Thomas, and Camilla Toulmin. 2010. "Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People." Science 327(5967):812-818.  [news story 1] [news story 2] [TED video]

Hardin, Garrett. 2005. Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Hartmann, Betsy. 1998. "Population, Environment and Security: A New Trinity." Environment and Urbanization 10(2):113-127. [PDF]

Harvey, David. 1974. "Population, Resources and the Ideology of Science." Economic Geography 50:256-277. [PDF]

Heinberg, Richard. 2007. "Five Axioms of Sustainability." MuseLetter #178. [related video]

Jacobsen, J. 1986. "Promoting Population Stabilization: Incentives for Small Families." Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C. [abstract]

Malthus, Thomas Robert. 1798. An Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society, 1st Edition, with Remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers. J. Johnson, London.

Malthus, Thomas Robert. 1826. An Essay on the Principle of Population: A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into Our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which It Occasions, 6th Edition. John Murray, London.

Mazur, Laurie. 2009. "A Neglected Climate Strategy: Empower Women, Slow Population Growth." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 12 October. [related news report] [related video]

McGranahan, David A. and Calvin L. Beale. 2002. "Understanding Rural Population Loss." Rural America 17(4):2-11. [PDF]

Muscara, Aprille. 2011. "A Table for Nine Billion." Inter-Press Service (IPS) News 14 April.

Myers, Norman and Jennifer Kent. 1995. Environmental exodus: an emergent crisis in the global arena. Climate Institute, Washington, D.C. [PDF] [related paper by Myers (PDF)]

Myers, Norman. 1993. "Environmental Refugees in a Globally Warmed World." BioScience 43(11):752-761.

Myers, Norman. 2005. "Environmental Refugees: An Emergent Security Issue." Paper Presented at the 13th Economic Forum, 23-25 May. [PDF]

Naess, Arne. 2005. "Accelerating Population Pressure or Overpopulation?" The Trumpeter 21(1):90-91.

Pimentel, David, O. Bailey, P. Kim, E. Mullaney, J. Calabrese, L. Walman, F. Nelson, and X. Yao. 1999. "Will Limits of the Earth's Resources Control Human Numbers?" College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca.

Population Reference Bureau. 2012. 2012 World Population Data Sheet. Population Reference Bureau, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Rajeswar, J. 2000. "Population Perspectives and Sustainable Development." Sustainable Development 8(3):135-141. [abstract]

Rees, William E. 1996. "Revisiting Carrying Capacity: Area-based Indicators of Sustainability." Population and Environment: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 17(3):195-215.

Sachs, Jeffrey D. 2009. "Can We Feed and Save the Planet? Challenges of Population Control and Food Production Need to Be Tackled in Tandem." Scientific American December. [related video]

Satterthwaite, David. 2009. "The Implications of Population Growth and Urbanization for Climate Change." Environment and Urbanization 21(2):545-567. [PDF] [abstract] [related video]

Shackman, Gene, Xun Wang, and Ya Lin Liu. 2013. Brief Review of World Demographic Trends. A report from the Global Social Change Research Project, Summary. [PDF]

Turner, B.L., II, Robert O. Hanham, and Anthony V. Portararo. 1977. "Population Pressure and Agricultural Intensity." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 76(3):384-396. [PDF]

von Weizsäcker, Ernst Ulrich and Anders Wijkman. 2018. Come On! Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet – A Report to the Club of Rome. Springer, New York. [review]

  • From the Executive Summary: "Can the planet's beleaguered natural systems wait until all human civilization has gone through the long process of a new Enlightenment? No, explains Chap. 3; we must act now. This is absolutely doable. We list an optimistic if slightly haphazard collection of opportunities that already exist: decentralized clean energy, sustainable jobs in every type of country, and a massive decoupling of human well-being from the use of fossil fuels, basic materials, and scarce minerals."
  • Note: System change with a new political economy is required.

Watts, Jonathan. 2010. When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind -- or Destroy It. Scribner, New York. [review 1 by Isabel Hilton in The Guardian]  [review 2 by Jonathan Mirsky in Literary Review] [review 3 by Michael McCarthy in The Independent]   

Western, S. 1988. "Carrying Capacity, Population Growth and Sustainable Development: A Case Study from the Philippines." Journal of Environmental Management 27:347-367. [abstract]

Wolf, Clark. 2003. "Population." Pages 362-376 in Dale Jamieson (ed.), A Companion to Environmental Philosophy. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Worldwatch Institute (Erik Assadourian and Michael Renner, eds.). 2012. State of the World 2012: Moving toward Sustainable Prosperity. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Zelman, Joanna. 2011. "50 Million Environmental Refugees by 2020, Experts Predict." Huffington Post 22 February.

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