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Is the Planet Full?

Ian Goldin


Over 7 billion people are alive today—more than at any other time in history. The rate of population growth is slowing, but by 2050 the Earth’s population is likely to exceed 9 billion people. Virtually all the growth is in developing countries, with sub-Saharan Africa, India, and South Asia seeing the most rapid increase. Population growth, together with rising incomes, is greatly increasing pressure on the environment and available resources. This affects everyone, everywhere, as all our lives are increasingly intertwined. The key drivers of change transcend national borders and geographical ... More

Keywords: population, environment, sustainability, welfare, demography, limits to growth, equity, health, resource management, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Goldin, editor
Director, Professor of Globalisation and Development, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford