World War III: population and the biosphere at the end of the millennium

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Continuum, Jun 1, 1998 - Nature - 296 pages
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Since The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich's explosive book of the late 1960s, the threat of human overpopulation to the planet has never been out of the news. At conservative estimates, there are likely to be eight to eleven billion people on this planet by 2050 -- a number that will place enormous strain on our already depleted ecosystems and on the vanishing species that share the planet with us. In this powerful call to action, filmmaker and author Michael Tobias likens the catastrophic events that threaten to occur -- unless we change our population growth and consumption patterns -- to a world war.

When it was published in hardcover, World War III immediately garnered attention. The president of the Population Education Committee hailed it as "the most important book of the '90s (which) should be read by every leader of every nation, religion, organization, and corporation". Psychology Today exclaimed that it reads "like a volcano erupting". The issues of environmental resources and human population growth are only going to increase in urgency, and we need all the resources we can to combat or possibly avert the coming disasters. World War III will be one of those resources.

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PhD, has traveled to some 60 countries where he has specialized in an interdisciplinary approach to environmental history, scientific, ethical, aesthetic and philosophical frameworks for policy research and strategies, demographic analysis, ecological anthropology, and non-violence activism. Tobias is the author of more than 30 books and has directed, written, and/or produced well over one hundred films for broadcast throughout the world. In 1996, Tobias received the "Courage of Conscience Award" for his commitment to animals.

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