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70 As population expands in the developing world, so, too, do energy demands and water demands and intensity of agriculture. Without careful management, meeting these demands leads to air pollution, water contamination, deforestation, and desertification. Although birth-control proponents emphasize a causal link between population growth and poverty, the poor do not always see large families as a burden. Sex is a cheap pleasure. Children can bring joy to a hard life as well as extra hands to help in the house or the fields or to earn outside income.

Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. xvii–xix. 7 Robert F. Clark. Victory Deferred: The War on Global Poverty (1943–2003). : University Press of America, 2005, p. 7. 8 World Bank. ” Available online. org/QXOQI9MP30. Downloaded May 10, 2007. 9 Banerjee. ” In Understanding Poverty, p. xviii. 39 WORLD POVERTY 10 Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James Robinson. ” In Banerjee et al. Understanding Poverty, pp. 19–20. Economist Stephen C. Smith, in Ending Global Poverty (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, p.

As population grew, so did urban centers, and the agricultural economy diversified to include cash crops such as tea and cottage industries such as silk. Trade and travel brought cosmopolitan development to the Arab world from the eighth to the 15th century. As Muslim merchants sailed and caravanned across Asia, North Africa, and the entire Mediterranean basin, students followed in their tracks, creating extended scholarly networks. Building upon ancient Greek and Indian traditions, Muslim scholars pioneered the sciences, from astronomy to botany to medicine.

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