NOVA - World in the Balance: The Population Paradox
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First, I'm TIRED of the scare tactics in some modern books about how China will outstrip the U.S. economically and we better watch out. Watch this DVD and you will see PEOPLE and KIDS who are experiencing the SAME THINGS WE ARE, namely, improved food clothing shelter transportation AND the dilemma of dealing with pollution. The Four Wheeler Club film shots are particularly fun to watch as novices learn to drive out of some BIG gullies. Being in love with SUV's is not unique to Americans! It brings it home that dealing with economic growth and ecologic balance is everyone's challenge. For example, China will probably need to import HUGE quantities of food from the United States to free itself up to further improve industrially. That is a constructive, beneficial partnerhip in the making, not a destructive competition. For another example, ALL THE CARS IN CHINA are made by foreign manufacturers INCLUDING the United States. However, the Chinese government DOES need to impose rigorous pollution standards for Chinese-made cars as are imposed in the U.S. and Europe. There is a fascinating opening segment about measuring industrial pollution in California's west coast blown all the way across the Pacific Ocean from China's east coast!
Equally fascinating is the program on "The Population Paradox". I worked on population models in graduate school and have followed them ever since with interest.Read more ›
This complexity is such as to make the outcome near unpredictable and likely catastrophic; any short term "solutions" offered here seem too little too late.
This is predicted to reach 9 billion by mid-century despite declining birth rates in industrial countries. What is unexpected is the potential disastrous consequences of such declining birth rates in (e.g.) Europe and Japan; the older generation vastly outnumbers the young, who will be unable to support them.
A different problem exists in Africa, where AIDS has devastated those in their prime, leaving both elderly and children uncared for.
CHINA has a different dilemma; it is trapped by the rising affluence its huge population resulting from industrialization without pollution controls, and finds it difficult to impose such controls withOUT causing economic collapse and civil unrest.
The paradox posed here is that "backing down" the ladder of population growth is far more difficult than imagined. As is "backing down" from industrialization or even imposing pollution controls on a nation whose population is finding new affluence.
GLOBAL WARMING is the other part of the dilemma; at least partly (even significantly) the result of over population and industrialization.
Here the CD is overcome by current events [also see NOVA's "The Dimming Sun"].Read more ›
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This was actually ordered to help out my father. He had seen this program on PBS and really wanted to own it (Hint.... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sharon H.
My Consciousness Has Been shifted. This SHould be Required Viewing. It Really Puts A LoT Of Things In Perspective. The Future Now Seems Shaky At Best. Read morePublished 22 months ago by DMor1516
A focused look at many of the ramifications of the growing disparities in population growth rates - social, environmental, economic, & political among others.Published on March 2, 2014 by Sage of Sippewissett
This is the perfect video to show my 10th grade AP Human Geography students. They've never thought about population like this before. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Laura Lee Modesitt
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