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The Bottleneck

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Nataly Barragan

on 4 February 2014

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Transcript of The Bottleneck

Population Growth
Zero Population Growth: number that balances the birth and death rates and holds population size constant

Average number of children per woman is 2.1
The Bottleneck
Solutions?
Wilson suggests that the economist and and environmental views should combine to create a universal environmental ethic
Key Terms
Biosphere: complex system of living creatures that are connected through energy, life processes, and environment
per-capita: the amount of something per individual
Ecological Footprint: average amount of productive land and shallow sea used by person for food, water, housing, transportation, commerce and waste
The Economist
focused on production and consumption
Since 1950 per-capita income and meat production have risen
social progress has risen with economic growth
The Environmentalist
the Earth is finite and environmenta is brittle
yield is not only measured in products and currency but content of economic growth and natural resources
enlarging productive land will deplete water, fauna and flora
Biosphere Bottleneck
The demands of a growing global population with an increasing ecological footprint and a drive for economic growth and development has resulted in an unsustainable manner the use of the earth's natural resources. We are in a critical place where we may reach the earth's carrying capacity within this century.
Edward O. Wilson
by Nataly Barragan

Edward O. Wilson
American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, author
Scientific area of expertise is myrmecology (study of ants)
Awards include Pulitzer Prize (1979, 1991), Crafoord Prize, Kistler Prize, Nieremberg Prize
Known for developing theories of sociobiology, consilience and evolutionary epic
Develpment vs. Preservation
industrialization increases per capita income and food consumption
productive land need increases
preservation through agricultural shifts and lifestyle changes (vegetarian diets)
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