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The human population has been growing almost continuously ever since the first members of the species Homo sapiens occurred some 150.000 years ago. Our species has been extremely successful and has spread to almost every corner of the world. This is an important point in itself. What is truly significant, however, is the fact that the human population has grown extremely fast the latest couple of centuries, i.e., during a period of time which, measured by long-term standards, is very, verydoi:10.1080/00167223.2006.10649562 fatcat:s4fvlse3z5gmzmemvhhv6d5xry