Population and the Environment: The global challenge
This issue of Population Reports focuses on the impact of rapid population growth on the environment. Many developing economies currently consume resources much faster than they can regenerate. Natural resources are under increasing pressure, threatening public health and development. Water shortages, soil exhaustion, loss of forests, air and water pollution, and degradation of coastlines afflict many areas. However, many steps toward sustainability can still be taken today. These include using energy more efficiently; managing cities better, phasing out subsidies that encourage waste; managing water resources and protecting freshwater resources; harvesting forest products; managing coastal zones and ocean fisheries; protecting biodiversity hot spots; and adopting an international convention on climate change.