posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 01:29 PM
I see a lot of threads on ATS about WWIII and the end of the world concerning asteroid hits or super viruses or anything else you can think of. Well
here it is!
This is something which is real and is happening right now and could lead to the economic collapse and decline of western civilization as we know it.
It is happening but it is not as exciting or fast as WWIII or a big asteroid hit.
Decreasing birthrate in the western and developed world. Aging population. This has a number of very big problems.
As the population ages more people retire and draw a government pension, there are fewer and fewer workers to pay taxes and the increasing costs of
healthcare and aged care lead to growing government debt. Japan is a leading example of this. In a recent documentary I saw it was estimated that if
the current trend continues zero babies will be born in Japan by the year 3,000.
I have a theory that as the developing world catches up to the west and has an increasing standard of living their birthrate will begin to drop aswell
and they will be faced with the slow aging and dying out of the population, which the developed world is already facing. A slow aging and dying out of
the population. It may reach a point where the population begins to decrease and trend towards zero.
A recent article in New Scientist magazine says evolutionary scientists are at a loss to explain the decreasing birthrate in developed countries and
there seems to be no clear evolutionary reason as the cause but there are a number of good theories which I find interesting. If the current trend
continues developed countries and developing countries which reach a certain standard of living and education in the future could find their
populations decreasing at an exponential rate.
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
secular birth rates fall
THE ECONOMICS OF DECLINING BIRTH RATES
What Happens When Half The World Stops Making Babies
Japanese Birth Rate Plunges To Record Low As Death-Rate Hits Record High
Falling birth rates mean Japan 'won't have any children under 15 by 3011'
I have been very interested in evolutionary biology for quite a while and especially human evolutionary biology. I have a few theories on why this may
be occurring and I've seen a few good theories from evolutionary biologists which make sense.
edit on 28-4-2014 by JimTSpock because: Changed
title to something less sensational.