Citation: Sandvik, H. (1999) On human population growth, natural selection, and the tragedy of the commons. Conservation Biology, 13, 447–449.

doi: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.013002447.x [what’s a doi?].

Key words: Resource consumption rate, environmental space, overexploitation, meme, genetic evolution, Homo sapiens.

Abstract: A comment on Gehrt (1996) and Kay (1997), in which I argue that
1) the main threat to our common future is not population growth per se, but levels of resource consumption, and that
2) evolutionary theory does not preclude politics and ethics from being sufficient tools to change both human population growth and consumption patterns.

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Related publications: In this article I draw upon an earlier paper.


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