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The Swinging Pendulum of Population Policy in Iran

By Janet Larsen The high cost of living and limited economic opportunities in Iran are a boon to birth control, as couples take steps to keep their families small. But the Iranian Parliament has recently debated punishing people who promote … Continue reading

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Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

By Lester R. Brown Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without … Continue reading

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Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 2. The Ecology of Population Growth

By Lester R. Brown Throughout most of human existence, population growth has been so slow as to be imperceptible within a single generation. Reaching a global population of 1 billion in 1804 required the entire time since modern humans appeared … Continue reading

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New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

By Lester R. Brown The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a … Continue reading

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