Book cover of Building the Population Bomb by Emily Klancher Merchantby Emily Klancher Merchant

Across the twentieth century, Earth’s human population increased undeniably quickly, rising from 1.6 billion people in 1900 to 6.1 billion in 2000. As population grew, it also began to take the blame for some of the world’s most serious problems, from global poverty to environmental degradation, and became an object of intervention for governments and nongovernmental organizations. But the links between population, poverty, and pollution were neither obvious nor uncontested.

Building the Population Bomb tells the story of the twentieth-century population crisis by examining how scientists, philanthropists, and governments across the globe came to define the rise of the world’s human numbers as a problem.

Interview with the Author

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Emily Klancher Merchant, “Building the Population Bomb” (Oxford UP, 2021)
4/28/22         50 min

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