References and readings for "Global Population Reduction: Confronting the Inevitable"

J. Kenneth Smail

Author's note:  The following list includes several papers of my own which develop in considerably greater detail the argument and ideas contained within my World Watch essay.  I have also included a dozen or so books and articles that have been particularly helpful in shaping my thinking over the past decade and more.

Abernethy, V.D., Population Politics: The Choices That Shape Our Future (New York: Plenum, 1993).

Catton, W.R., Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980).

Cohen, J.E., How Many People Can The Earth Support? (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995).

Daly, H.E., Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996).

Deffeyes, K.S., Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).

Ehrlich, P.R. and A.H. Ehrlich, The Population Explosion (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990).

Grant, L., Juggernaut: Growth on a Finite Planet (Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press, 1996).

Hardin, G., Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics and Population Taboos (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Homer-Dixon, T.F., Environment, Scarcity, and Violence (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).

Malthus, T.R., An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798). (Norton Critical Edition, edited by P. Appleman, 2nd ed., New York: W.W. Norton, 2004).

Pimentel, D. et al, "Will Limits of the Earth's Resources Control Human Numbers?," (Environment, Development and Sustainability 1: 19-39, 1999).

Ponting, C., A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations (New York: Penguin Books, 1993).

Smail, J.K., "Averting the 21st Century's Hidden Crisis: Can Human Numbers Be Reduced By 75%?," (Population and Environment 18 (6): 565-580, 1997).

Smail, J.K., "Beyond Population Stabilization: The Case for Dramatically Reducing Global Human Numbers," (Politics and the Life Sciences 16 (2): 183-236, 1997).  Includes "Target Article," followed by 16 "Commentaries" and author's "Response."

Smail, J.K., "Confronting a Surfeit of People: Reducing Global Human Numbers to Sustainable Levels," (Environment, Development and Sustainability 4: 21-50, 2002).

Smail, J.K., "Remembering Malthus: A Preliminary Argument For a Significant Reduction in Global Human Numbers," (American Journal of Physical Anthropology 118: 292-297, 2002).

Smail, J.K., "Remembering Malthus II: Establishing Sustainable Population Optimums," (American Journal of Physical Anthropology 122: 287-294, 2003).

Smail, J.K., "Remembering Malthus III: Implementing a Global Population Reduction," (American Journal of Physical Anthropology 122: 295-300, 2003).

Stanton, W., The Rapid Growth of Human Populations 1750-2000 (London: Multi-Science Publishing Company Ltd., 2003).

Wackernagel, M. and W. Rees, Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 1996).

Wilson, E.O., The Future of Life (New York: A.A. Knopf, 2002).