Population and the Environment

A Sustainable Population for Australia; a draft position paper from Doctors for the Environment Australia



Doctors for the Environment Australia recommends that a national task force be formed to prepare a scientific report on an environmentally sustainable population for Australia.

This report must be based upon scientific, demographic and health science and not on the opinions of community sectors with conflicts of interest. The intent will be to provide the data upon which government policy can be reliably based.

Some facts

Projections suggest that world population, currently 6.8 billion, will reach 9.1 billion by 2050.

The Population Bomb Revisited - by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich


Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich co-authored The Population Bomb in 1968.

The Population Bomb has been both praised and vilified, but there has been no controversy over its significance in calling attention to the demographic element in the human predicament. Here we describe the book’s origins and impacts, analyze its conclusions, and suggest that its basic message is even more important today than it was forty years ago.

It has now been forty years since we wrote The Population Bomb (Ehrlich 1968). The book sold some 2 million copies, was translated into many languages, and changed our lives. There is not much disagreement about the significance of the volume – whether a person agrees with it or not, The Population Bomb helped launch a worldwide debate that continues today. It introduced millions of people to the fundamental issue of the Earth’s finite capacity to sustain human civilization. We believe that despite its flaws, the book still provides a useful lens for viewing the environmental, energy, and food crisis of the present time.

Overloading Australia” by Mark O’Connor and William Lines. Book Review

The population of Melbourne will soon reach 4 million and yet the government of Victoria is planning an expansion of 75,000 people per year to a total of 6 million with the creation of an urban sprawl greater that than that of New York or London.  Another 1 million people will need to be accommodated before 2025. This madness, abdication of responsibility, whatever one calls it, is an appropriate point to review Mark O’Connor and William Lines’ book “Overloading Australia” (Envirobook)

This book makes the case that population control is the key issue in the plethora of interlocking world problems that threaten humanity and specifically it analyses population trends in Australia. The facts and fallacies are stated clearly and will provide a valuable source of information for those challenging the bastions of ignorance.

Pimentel on global food, energy and population

View the PDF of this paper here (623k).

Summary Remarks on Population and the Environment at the Fenner Conference on the Environment

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