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Is the planet full?

Is the planet full? Can the world continue to support a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by the middle of the century? And how can we harness the benefits of a healthier, wealthier and longer-living population?

Professor Ian Golding, together with leading academics Professor Sarah Harper, Dr Toby Ord, Professor Robyn Norton, and Professor Charles Godfray, introduced this topical subject at the Oxford Literary Festival 2014. While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, there might be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world. Find out more about this intriguing themes watching the panel at the Oxford Martin School of academics debating the intended and unintended impacts of population and economic growth.

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