Episode 4 – Does the world have too many people? Part 3 – A Malthusian trap?

By Haroon Akram-Lodhi

There are many who believe that climate change is closely intertwined with the population of the planet, and that the two together will have mutually-reinforcing negative consequences for human capabilities. In fact, the world’s population structure is changing, but in ways that throw up a surprising set of challenges that are not obvious.

Is there any basis by which to support the idea that the world’s resources cannot support the world’s population?