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America and World Refugees

September 21, 1988

The Times cited 11 leading American population biologists who now assume that our planet's human population will almost surely reach 8 billion (Sept. 4, Part I). Isn't it puzzling that we talk so little about this basic facet of ourselves--our numbers as a species? With 1 billion more persons due by 1995, we seem to be going into extra innings in the real "world series." Perhaps it's time for a conference on the mound. Let's all look at the scoreboard and call on the world leaders to put this issue on the agenda for the next economic summit.

JIM WARREN

West Los Angeles

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