Is Overpopulation a Legitimate Threat to Humanity and the Planet?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

We are defusing the population bomb that Paul Ehrlich warned about. Or, rather, the women of the poor world are doing so. The average woman today, worldwide, has 2.5 children, half as many as her grandmother. And the fertility rate continues to fall.

There is some more population growth to come, but if Africa follows the trend to small families seen everywhere else, we can expect “peak population” sometime later this century. We are not, as Ehrlich suggested, “doomed” by exponential population growth.

Source: The New York Times (link opens in a new window)

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