Population Growth

The Takeaway

Fears of Global Population Boom Overblown

Thursday, September 12, 2013

According to a United Nations estimate, the global population is expected to balloon to 10 billion by the year 2100, which has naturally caused people to worry. But not everyone is buying it. Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and the author of “Population 10 Billion.” He says these fears are overblown and that we shouldn't be panicking. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future with 10 Billion People

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just over 200 years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth; now there are seven billion, and, sometime this century, the world population is expected to reach ten billion. Stephen Emmott, head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research, explains what this steadily growing human population means for the earth: deforestation, desertification, species extinction, growing threats to food and water. His book Ten Billion analyzes the issues our growing population will bring about.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Population Growth and the Planet; Chile's 9/11; Edwidge Danticat's New Novel; How Boys Think

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Scientist Stephen Emmott describes how the rising world population will strain our planet’s complex natural systems. Peter Kornbluh and Joyce Horman discuss the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Pinochet to power in Chile, and the ongoing quest for justice for those he murdered. Edwidge Danticat talks about her latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light, about the interwoven lives of the people in a small seaside Haitian town. Rosalind Wiseman looks at boys—how they think, experience the world, and cope with social pressures.


NYC Grows by 70,000

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Big Apple has gotten even bigger. The number of New Yorkers grew by 70,000 in the 15 month period from April 2010 – July 1, 2011, bumping the city’s population to more than 8.2 million people, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Save the World—Population Growth and Control

Friday, January 27, 2012

This week's Please Explains is the second in our series on how to save the world—ways to approach complex global problems such as climate change, food supply, garbage disposal, the global water supply, and violence. Today we're looking at the population explosion—there are now 7 billion people on the planet. We're joined by Hania Zlotnik, director of the population Division at the Department of Economics and Social Affairs at the United Nations, and Dr.Joel E. Cohen, mathematical biologist and the head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller University and Columbia University, and author of How Many People Can the Earth Support?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

7 Billion and Counting

Friday, November 04, 2011

Joel E. Cohen, mathematical biologist, head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller University and Columbia University, and author of How Many People Can the Earth Support?, talks about the implications of passing the 7-billion world population milestone. 

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The Takeaway

7 Billionth Baby: Alice's First Few Hours

Monday, October 31, 2011

Today the world's population reached seven billion. Duncan Kennedy, reporting for the BBC, spent the first few hours with that seven billionth baby — or one of the newborns that could lay claim to the title — Alice, in Australia. He spoke with her new parents about the advent of a new life in their world, and about what it's like to be the parents of a child on a 7 billion person planet.