The Connections Between Population and Climate Change: Recommended Readings

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The Connections Between Population and Climate Change


Academic Sources:

  1. Ahmadalipour, A. et al. (2019). Future drought risk in Africa: Integrating vulnerability, climate change, and population growth. Science of the Total Environment, 662. Pp 672-686.
  2. Bongaarts, J., O’Neill, B. (2018). Global warming policy: Is population left out in the cold? Science, 361(6403), 650-652. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8680
  3. Diffenbaugh, N., Burke, M. (2019). Global warming has increased global economic inequality. PNAS, 116(20), 9808-9813.
  4. Kidanu, A., Rovin, K., Hardee, K. (2013). Linking population, fertility, and family planning with adaptation to climate change: perspectives from Ethiopia. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 17(3): 15-29.
  5. Kleinman, G. et al. (2017). Geographic hotspots for World Bank action on climate change and health: investing in climate change and health series (English). Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.
  6. Lopez-Carr, D. et al. (2014). A spatial analysis of population dynamics and climate change in Africa: potential vulnerability hot spots emerge where precipitation declines and demographic pressures coincide. Population and Environment, 35: 323-339. DOI 10.1007/s11111-014-0209-0
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  8. McGranahan, G., Balk, D., & Anderson, B. (2007). The rising tide: assessing the risks of climate change and human settlements in low elevation coastal zones. Environment and Urbanization, 19(1), 17–37.
  9. Murtaugh, P., Schlax, M. (2009). Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals. Global Environmental Change, 19, 14-20.
  10. O’Neill, B. et al. (2010). Global demographic trends and future carbon emissions. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(41), 17521-17526.
  11. Satterthwaite, D. (2009). The implications of population growth and urbanization for climate change. Environment and Urbanization, 21(2), 545-567.
  12. Scovronick, N. et al. (2017). Impact of population growth and population ethics on climate mitigation policy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(46), 12338-12343. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1618308114
  13. Steffen, W., Broadgate, W., Deutsch, L., Gaffney, O., & Ludwig, C. (2015). The trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration. The Anthropocene Review, 2(1), 81–98.
  14. Starbird, E., Norton, M., and Marcus, R. (2016). Investing in family planning: Key to achieving the sustainable development goals. Global Health: Science and Practice, 4(2), 191-210.
  15. Wheeler, D and D Hammer. (2010). The Economics of Population Policy for Carbon Emissions Reduction in Developing Countries. CGD Working Paper 229. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.

General Sources:

  1. Climate Change. (2018). Population Matters.
  2. Climate Change and Land. (2019). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  3. Climate Change Could Force Over 140 Million to Migrate Within Countries by 2050: World Bank Report. (2018). Press Release. The World Bank.
  4. Country Comparison: Total Fertility Rate. (2017). The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency.
  5. Dennis, B. (2019). Washington Post. Climate and Environment. Changing climate imperils global food and water supplies, new U.N. study finds. Washington Post.
  6. Dormido, H. (2019). These Countries Are the Most at Risk From a Water Crisis. Bloomberg.
  7. Emmott, S. (2015). Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse. The Guardian. Opinion.
  8. Falconer, R. (2019). UN Report: Climate change causes and impacts are increasing. Axios.
  9. Guzman, J.M., et al. (2009). Population Dynamics and Climate Change. UNFPA; International Institute for Environment and Development.
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  10. Highlights: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2019).World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights.
  11. How Do Recent Population Trends Matter to Climate Change? (2009). Population Action International. (PDF)
  12. IPCC 1.5° Report: The Hidden Population Warning. (2018). Population Matters.
  13. Mooney, C. and Dennis, B. (2019). Washington Post. Climate and Environment. New U.N. climate report: Monumental change already here for world’s oceans and frozen regions. The Washington Post.
  14. Muggah, R. and Cabrera, J.L. (2019). The Sahel is engulfed by violence. Climate change, food insecurity and extremists are largely to blame. World Economic Forum.
  15. Nugent, C. (2019). The 10 Countries Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Will Experience Population Booms in the Coming Decades. Time.
  16. OECD (2011). The Challenges for Social Cohesion in a Shifting World. Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World, OECD Publishing, Paris,
  17. O’Sullivan, J. (2013). Population growth as a variable: providing the single most powerful lever for minimising the extent of climate change and the negative impacts of climate change. Sustainable Population Australia. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  18. Petterson, M. (2019). Climate explained: how growth in population and consumption drives planetary change. The Conversation.
  19. Population and Climate Change: A comprehensive approach to development can help build climate change resilience and adaptive capacity(2009). Population Action International. (PDF)
  20. Population and Poverty. (2014). United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  21. Population Growth Slows Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals, Says UN. (2019). Population Matters.
  22. Population Dynamics, Environment, and Sustainable Development in Kenyan Counties. (2014). Population Action International.
  23. Population Growth Slows Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals, Says UN. (2019). Population Matters.
  24. Potts, M. et al. (2013). Crisis in the Sahel: Possible Solutions and the Consequences of Inaction. Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel (OASIS). University of California, Berkeley and African Institute for Development Policy in Berkeley.
  25. Rising Seas Threaten Early End for Sinking Village in Philippines. (2019). Reuters, New York Times.
  26. Roskick, D. (2014). The Consequences of Increased Population Growth for Climate Change. Center for Economic Policy and Research. (PDF)
  27. Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C. Summary for Policymakers. (2019). IPCC.
  28. Ten Key Findings: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2019).World Population Prospects 2019: Ten Key Findings.
  29. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018. Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition. (2018). FAO. FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
  30. What is the United States’ share of world energy consumption? (2019). U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  31. Why Population Matters to Climate Change. (2011). Population Action International. (PDF)
  32. World Meteorological Organization. (2019). United In Science: High-level synthesis report of latest climate science information convened by the Science Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.

Related Sites and Infographics:

  1. All the World’s Carbon Emissions in One Chart. (2019). Visual Capitalist.
  2. Global CO2 emissions and the 20 most polluting countries in the world. (2017).
  3. Mapping Climate Change Hotspots. (2016). Center for International Earth Science Information Network. Earth Institute, Columbia University.
  4. Population and Climate Change Hotspots. (2011). Population Action International.
  5. Richtie, H. and Roser, M. (2017). CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Our World in Data.