When in history did the human population begin to increase rapidly? Which countries are now encouraging their citizens to have more babies rather than fewer, and why? How does population age structure affect a country’s economic wellbeing? What affect does level of educational attainment have on human population trends? What are the advantages and the disadvantages of current trends toward urbanization in many countries?
These and other interesting questions are explored in a special section of the July 29th issue of Science. It’s a great resource for those interested in trends in human population and how those trends may affect our quality of life in the coming century.
Reference: Special Section: Population. Science July 29, 2011, pp. 538-594.