10/04/2013

‘Countdown’ Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet

21:34 minutes

The global population is projected to reach 10 billion by 2050. In his new book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, author Alan Weisman asks how we got here, how many people the planet can support, and what we can do to stabilize growth. Weisman tells SciFri how cultural, scientific, and political communities across the globe are tackling these issues.

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Alan Weisman

Alan Weisman is the author of Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? and The World Without Us. He’s based┬áin Western Massachusetts.

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Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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