Cover: It's Not Overpopulation--It's the People.

It's Not Overpopulation--It's the People.

Published 1973

by Peter A. Morrison

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Discusses some complexities of U.S. population changes. Half our counties are losing population. Even in big cities, congestion has declined steadily since 1920. Our population-to-land ratio is only about 1/7 that of Western Europe. Our environmental problems come rather from the sharp rise in living standards. From 1960 to 1970, while population rose 13 percent, goods and services rose 20 percent, energy usage nearly 50 percent, miles driven 40 percent, and visits to national parks 150 percent. Now births have declined so abruptly as to create economic and social problems. There were 300,000 fewer births in 1972 than 1971, despite 900,000 more women of child-bearing age. Since this "baby bust" follows so sharply on the "baby boom," there will be about two qualified candidates for every teaching job, closing the doors of opportunity on many educated young people. However, the pendulum of family size may swing either way as today's children grow up. 12 pp.

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