POPULATION: Cauldron of Contention

The city of Bucharest was hit last week by a population explosion and a heat wave that turned the ordinarily tranquil, temperate Rumanian capital into a cauldron of international contention. Gathered in Bucharest were 1,100 delegates from 141 countries for the United Nations World Population Conference. It was the largest intergovernmental meeting in history, convoked to devise ways of remedying the soaring overpopulation that is straining declining world food reserves. Yet in spite of the gravity of the issue, the sweltering delegates in Bucharest's airless, ovenlike Palace of the Republic seemed motivated more by national pride and ideology than concern...

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