Patt Morrison for July 24, 2012

Global population explodes despite declining fertility rates

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Devout Indian Hindus throng the city's road as a huge idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha is transported for immersion into the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on September 22, 2010.

The number of human beings living on the planet surpassed 7 billion last year, and as the number continues to grow, observers are increasingly questioning how we are going to feed and support our constantly expanding population and what impact this growth will have on overall human existence.

Los Angeles Times journalist Kenneth R. Weiss has documented this global phenomenon with a series of reports appearing in the Times this month entitled “Beyond 7 Billion.” Weiss points out that one of the most alarming statistics is that the population is growing the most rapidly in countries least equipped to support such growth.

Despite the ravages of AIDS and malnutrition, the population of the African continent is expected to double by the middle of this century. Experts predict the world’s population to reach 9.3 billion by 2050. Join Patt as she checks the mounting numbers and the social implications for our species.

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How do you feel about overpopulation? Does it concern you?

Guests:

Kenneth Weiss, reporter, Los Angeles Times; won a Pulitzer for his series, “Altered Oceans”


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