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This timely No-Nonsense Guide looks at what the numbers really mean, exploding some widely believed myths along the way. It analyzes all the factors that make up this complex and divisive subject, such as aging populations, migration, scarcity of resources, women's rights, climate change and family planning. In doing so Vanessa Baird challenges the narrow focus on 'how many people' and suggests it could be one of our biggest mistakes.
About the Author: Vanessa Baird has been co-editor at New Internationalist magazine since 1986. Previous books include, as compiler and editor, Eye to Eye Women and The No-Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity.
'Joins other jargon-busting titles in challenging inflammatory headlines and going straight for the facts.'
The Big Issue.
'Extremely readable and well-written. The arguments- utterly and absolutely non-mainstream - are substantiated by solid data and citations. Publications of this nature are hugely welcome in view of the lies and myths that prevail in the dominant discourse on population globally'.
Professor Mohan Rao, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
'This is a very readable, jargon-free book that challenges the many myths and inaccuracies about population. It also challenges us all to rethink what the real drivers of resource shortages, land degradation and global warming actually are'.
David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London.