How many people can the planet sustain? With world population reaching 7 billion and predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050 we are in the grip of a panic about human numbers. But is the panic justified or is it a fear tactic being used to support other agendas? In the No-Nonsense Guide to World Population, Vanessa Baird answers these questions and many more, putting the talk about 'overpopulation' firmly in its place.
You can also learn more about about the No-Nonsense approach to the debate in:
The Guardian (24 October) Vanessa's article sparks heated discussion.
BBC Radio 5 live (26 October) Vanessa speaks to Up All Night's Rhod Sharp. (Listen again until 2 November. The interview starts 2.34 hours into the programme).
The Big Issue (24-30 October issue) Vanessa interviewed by Laura Kelly.
The Guide challenges the narrow focus on numbers in many ways. Vanessa asserts that the the real issue is resource use and over-consumption by a minority of the world population - and exposes all the vested interests involved. She also shows how in many parts of the world population is actually declining.