A groundbreaking book that reveals the truth about population levels, and where they will take us in the future.
Fred Pearce has reported on environment, popular science and development issues from over 60 countries during the past 20 years and is the recipient of many awards for both his journalism and his books. His books have been translated into 16 languages. When the Rivers Run Dry was voted among the all-time 'Top 50 Sustainability Books' by the University of Cambridge's Programme for Sustainable Leadership. Confessions of an Eco Sinner, his most recent work, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of a 2008 IVCA Clarion Award. He is the environment and development consultant for the New Scientist and writes regularly for the Guardian. He is a frequent broadcaster and speaker, and has given public presentations on all six populated continents in the past four years.
"With his usual clarity and dash Fred Pearce brings us the best
news we've heard in 10,000 years - that the human population should
soon level out, at a number that should be quite manageable; and
some of the problems that may seem so dire in truth are assets -
including the rise in average age and the increase in migration.
This isn't wishful thinking - it's hard science. And it changes
everything." * Colin Tudge *
"Peoplequake is a debate-shaping book. Sobre, fascinating, it redraws the boundaries of the population debate. Pearce points out that the Earth could adequately meet the needs of a bigger population, but only once natural resources are shared more equally and managed using ecological principles. The population bomb would defuse itself even quicker if we tackled over-consumption by the rich instead of fretting about the poor having children. This brilliant book's insights could save many lives and stop many more from suffering." * Andrew Simms, Policy Director at the New Economics Forum *
"What a wonderfully rich and humane book! As a generation of newly-empowered women sweeps away our wrongheaded Malthusian nightmare, Fred Pearce demonstrates persuasively that the end of the population surge may well usher in a new era of ethnic tolerance, increased global integration and a period of kinder and more nurturing governance." * Ross Gelbspan, author of THE HEAT IS ON and BOILING POINT *
"Fearless and well-informed; every paragraph crackles. Pearce evokes past and present with vivid detail and startlingly coherent insight." * Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment and Senior Research Associate at The Rockefeller University *
"This is a well written and important book ... we highly recommend (Fred Pearce's) book - everyone should be grateful that he wrote it" * New Scientist *