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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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One Vision of the Year 2050

One Vision of the Year 2050

(p.1) 1 One Vision of the Year 2050
The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

Yale University Press

This chapter presents an imaginary vision of the Year 2050. According to this vision, in the fifty years after 2000, it became evident that human beings simply did not want to have so many children that populations would grow indefinitely. Improving people's lives so that they had a measure of mastery over them brought population stability, where exhortations and pleas to consider the environment and future generations had failed. The world's population in 2050, at 8 billion people, is healthier, better educated, and enjoys more equity between races, sexes, and classes than at any time in history. The world's most populous country in 2050 is India, with 1.2 billion people. Material development in China proceeded continuously, though less rapidly than the government had hoped, in the fifty years after 2000. Pakistan and Bangladesh have roughly the same population size as in the early 1980s.

Keywords:   family planning, populations, social development, health, corruption

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