The Complicated History Of The Overpopulation Debate

Nov 27, 2018

Population growth has been a concern for environmentalists, and other interest groups, for more than a century. But the anxiety over the loss of space, and resources, as a result of human growth and consumption, is not simple. We talk with Sam Evans-Brown, host of Outside/In, NHPR's podcast about the natural world and how we use it, about his two-part show on the history of the anxiety of overpopulation. 

Listen to the episodes of Outside/In on overpopulation here


Related reading:

David Roberts’ story from Vox: “I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why.”

Historian Derek Hoff: “A Long Fuse: ‘The Population Bomb’ is still ticking 50 years after its publication.”

“Population and Environment” in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources

A hot take on Thanos (spoiler - Alessandra Potenza says he has it wrong)