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World Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision Population Database
This United Nations interactive database allows you to explore population growth, life expectancy, infant mortality, and other demographic data for any country in the world. You can also examine data for broader regions, such as the entire developing world, and see how assumptions about fertility rates affect population projections.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals
All 191 of the United Nations member states have pledged to meet the eight development goals outlined on this site by the year 2015. The site provides background information and progress reports for each of the eight goals, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, combating HIV/AIDS, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment
How many people the world can sustain depends, in part, on how much each person uses. This highly interactive atlas from The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) examines how humans consume water, food, fuel, and other resources. It provides maps and graphics that quantify and illustrate many of the issues, and text that details the links between population dynamics and the environment.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
The world's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programs, UNFPA works with governments and non-governmental organizations in more than 140 countries. This comprehensive site contains information on its programs and other population-related news.

Info For Health
This in-depth site from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers news, academic research, and media pertaining to global population and health issues. The searchable Netlinks database contains information about 2,500 health and development organizations, and Dr. Jim Shelton of the U.S. Agency for International Development fields questions from the online audience.

Adding It Up
This February 2004 report, subtitled "The Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care," from the Alan Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund reveals how investments in reproductive health and family planning—particularly in the world's poorest nations—produce tangible economic and social benefits down the road.

Population Reference Bureau
The 70-year-old Population Reference Bureau provides comprehensive news, statistics, and reports about population issues. The site also offers educators special features, including lesson plans and resource guides.

Worldwatch Institute
Founded in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute conducts research on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Worldwatch's publications, including the annual flagship book State of the World, emphasize environmental sustainability and social justice.

National Wildlife Federation
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is the nation's largest and oldest protector of wildlife. On this site, learn about NWF's hands-on conservation, education, and action initiatives as well as leadership training, educational curricula, and networking opportunities.

Oxfam America: What's on Your Plate Today?
Click on a virtual dinner table to experience hunger from the point of view of those who experience it every day. Will you wind up among the well-fed 15 percent of the world, or will you end up among the majority who go hungry?

Which World? Scenarios for the 21st Century
On the companion Web site to Allen Hammond's book Which World?, visitors can explore three possible scenarios for the future. Will fundamental social and political change create a more peaceful, equitable, and environmentally sound world? Or are humans destined to live in a "Fortress World" of wars and unrest?

Nature Web Focus: Global Water Crisis
The preeminent peer-reviewed science journal Nature presents an analysis of the global water crisis. A collection of news, features, and interactive maps shows the countries worst hit by drinking-water problems, and the consequences in terms of human suffering. Users may enter the site for free with registration.

People & the Planet
Sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund and other non-governmental organizations, People & the Planet offers sections on reproductive health, coasts and oceans, renewable energy, and more.

Population Action International: Publications Library
PAI is a policy advocacy group committed to advancing access to family planning, health services, education, and economic opportunities—particularly for girls and women. The Web site houses academic papers on related issues, including a recent study on how AIDS and water shortages relate to civil unrest.

The Population Council
The Population Council is an international organization that conducts research on problems related to reproductive health and population growth. Visitors can download the Council's most recent studies on issues ranging from aging to urban poverty.

Kaiser Network
Sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, this site offers a one-stop resource for the latest news, studies, and reference materials on key health policy issues.


Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble
by Lester R. Brown. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

Engendering International Health: The Challenge of Equity
by Gita Sen (editor), et al. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

A Concise History of World Population
by Massimo Livi Bacci. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

Thunder From the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia
by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. New York: Vintage, 2001.

People and Their Planet: Searching for Balance
by Barbara Sundberg Baudot and William R. Moomaw (editors). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999.

The Consumers' Guide to Effective Environmental Choices
by Michael Brower and Warren Leon. New York: Three Rivers, 1999.

Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America—and the World
by Peter G. Peterson. New York: Random House, 1999.

Which World?: Scenarios for the 21st Century
by Allen Hammond. Washington, D.C.: Shearwater Books, 1998.

How Many People Can the Earth Support?
by Joel E. Cohen. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995.

China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof. New York: Vintage, 1995.

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