Worries About Overpopulation Are as Old as Civilization

Why have humans worried about our numbers for 4,000 years?

George Dillard
Feb 1 · 7 min read
Photo by Rob Curran on Unsplash
A cuneiform tablet inscribed with the Epic of Atrahasis (PD)

To one billion… and beyond

Thomas Malthus (CC 4.0)
The world’s population, from Our World in Data
The demographic transition, from Our World in Data

Overpopulation and the environment

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Illuminating forgotten corners of history and using them to think about the present. Shorter entries at www.worldhistoryfacts.com. Write me: whfacts at gmail.

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