Wednesday, December 5, 2012

L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Some subscribers might be interested in the L.A. Times's 5-part report of 22 July 2012 on population titled “Beyond 7 Billion”:

1. “The Biggest Generation: Fertility rates fall, but global population explosion goes on” at;

2. “Tinderbox Of Youth: Runaway population growth often fuels youth-driven uprisings” at;

3. “Hunger Without End: As the world's population grows, hunger persists on a massive scale” at;

4. “The China Effect: China's population and economy are a double whammy for the world” at;

5. “Dream Out Of Reach: Philippines birth control: Filipinos want it, priests don’t” at

In a later L.A. Times OpED (2012) of 02 Dec at titled “Beyond 7 billion: Bending the population curve,” population experts from around the globe explain some of the approaches they've seen work - and the reasons others have not.

Kenneth R. Weiss, is also co-author of the 2006 L.A. Times 5-part Pulitzer-prize- winning series on the "Altered Oceans" at The links on that page appear to be dead, but they may be resurrected.

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Links to Articles:
Links to Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs:

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."
- A.A. Bartlett (2004)

“In our classrooms and in our lives as scientists, we must acknowledge that overpopulation is the world’s most serious and threatening problem and that this problem requires immediate and urgent attention.”
A.A. Bartlett (2012)

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 05 Dec 2012.]
Bartlett, A.A. 2004. The Essential Exponential! For the Future of Our Planet, Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, publisher's information at Author's information at The first chapter is online at

Bartlett, A.A. 2012. “The Meaning of Sustainability,” Teachers Clearinghouse for Science and Society Education Newsletter 31(1); online at

Hake, R.R. 2012. “L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 5 Dec 2012 14:23:20-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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