Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent post "L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion - Fighting the Last War?" [Hake (2012b)].

Q. What does overpopulation have to do with MathEdCC?
A. Please see the Bartlett signature quotes.

The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: In response to my post "L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion" [Hake (2012a)] at <http://bit.ly/Ufro6y>, Ed Gehringer (2012) of the POD list wrote: "Hey Richard, I think you're fighting the last war," where the "fighting the last war" was linked to the Population Research Institute's <http://www.pop.org/> "OVERPOPULATION IS A MYTH.com - Episode 5: 7 Billion People: WILL EVERYONE PLEASE RELAX?" [My CAPS.]
At that site a video at <http://bit.ly/SJViUe> shows a roller coaster, representing population, rising steeply from 3 billion to 5 billion, rising less steeply after 5 billion, peaking at about 7-8 billion, and then *decreasing*! SO SHOULD EVERYONE RELAX?

In this post I give "Twenty-eight Quotes Relevant To Overpopulation" which suggest, contrary to the Population Research Institute's admonition, that EVERYONE SHOULD *NOT* RELAX.

The population clock is ticking! When I transmitted this post to AERA-L and Net-Gold on 13 Dec 2012 at 16:14-0800, the world population clock at <http://1.usa.gov/j2u6Gw> stood at 7,058,386,641.  How many people have been added by time you read this?
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."
 - A.A. Bartlett (2004)

"In our classrooms and in our lives as scientists, we must acknowledge that overpopulation is the world's most serious and threatening problem and that this problem requires immediate and urgent attention."
   -A.A. Bartlett (2012)


REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 13 Dec 2012.]
Bartlett, A.A. 2004. "The Essential Exponential! For the Future of Our Planet," Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, publisher's information at <http://bit.ly/VpN2pm>.  Author's information at <http://bit.ly/VJQzRN>. The first chapter is online at  <http://bit.ly/QKtjEh>.
Bartlett, A.A. 2012. "The Meaning of Sustainability," Teachers Clearinghouse for Science and Society Education Newsletter 31(1); online at <http://bit.ly/SyM0t8>.

Hake, R.R. 2012a. "L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/Ufro6y>. Post of 5 Dec 2012 14:23:20-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/YBNFUU> with a provision for comments.
Hake, R.R. 2012b. "L.A. Times Population Report: Beyond 7 Billion - Fighting the Last War?" online on the OPEN! online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/TeOpJj>. Post of 13 Dec 2012 16:14:29-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/W2EV8u> with a provision for comments.