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The Population Bomb

In books on April 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

The Population Bomb was a best-selling book written by Paul R. Ehrlich in 1968. It warned of the mass starvation of humans in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation, as well as other major societal upheavals, and advocated immediate action to limit population growth. The book has been criticized in recent decades for its alarmist tone and inaccurate predictions. Ehrlich stands by the basic ideas in the book, stating in 2009 that “perhaps the most serious flaw in The Bomb was that it was much too optimistic about the future”

via The Population Bomb

  1. I met Paul Ehrlich through work and had him sign my late father’s copy of The Population Bomb, which I had read on its 40th anniversary–my father, a biology teacher, was a huge fan of Ehrlich’s work. When I handed the book to Ehrlich, he said, “This old thing?” At the time (2008) he was promoting The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment.

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