POPULATION EXPLOSION NOW A BIRTH DEARTH
The Orange County Register, Orange, CA, Sunday, August 5, 2001
The idea that unbridled population growth will lead to environmental and
social disasters as the world meets its “carrying capacity,” is a holy
canon of the environmental movement. Yet
increasing evidence – including a new study released in Nature magazine this
month – is painting a starkly different picture.
Rather than continue to increase, world population is likely to
stabilize at about 9 billion in 2070 and begin declining from there, according
to researchers in Austria.
Europe, a “birth dearth” is threatening not only long term population
declines, but the viability of European economies.
Without replacement levels of population, there are too few people to
pay for the generous pension plans typical there. Sure, population rates are still high in poor countries, but
as countries develop and become more prosperous, birth rates fall dramatically
in those countries as well.
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