Worldwide Investigation of the Future of Human Life on Earth
A billion new people are added to this planet every dozen years, and 98% of this growth will occur in the poorest regions. This groundbreaking program covers the implications of an ever-growing population. NOVA experts and personal stories explain the paradox presented by shrinking birth rates and an aging population in some parts of the world, while other areas experience over half of their growth in age groups under 25. Social and economic strains from over-population are explored as well as the planet’s predicted fate in another 50 years. A special focus is given to China’s growing economic boom and the consequent rise in pollution. DVD special features include suggested activities, link to the NOVA website, and described video for the visually impaired. Close-captioned. Duration: 120 minutes.