are people the problem?

Published on Oct 3, 2012

Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem, the Solution, or Both? An Introduction to Demography and Populations Study through an Examination of the World’s Population

Professor Joel Cohen: Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, Rockefeller University, Mathematical Biologist, Columbia University

In the next fifty years the world will face population problems that it has never faced before. Billions will live in mega slums without access to clean water or medical care. In his lecture, Professor Joel Cohen teaches you how demography can provide answers to the life or death questions caused by the world’s swelling population and dwindling resources. Can we prevent an outcome where wealthy western countries are in permanent population decline, while third world cities into swell into massively overcrowded slums with no access to education, healthcare, or hope?

The Floating University
Originally released September, 2011.

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