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The UK's Royal Society is launching a major study into human population growth and how it may affect social and economic development in coming decades.
The world's population has risen from two billion in 1930 to 6.8 billion now, with nine billion projected by 2050.
The society acknowledges it is delving into a hugely controversial area, but says a comprehensive and scientific review of the evidence is needed.
It is led by Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston of Human Genome Project fame.
Astonishing falls in the fertility rate are bringing with them big benefits
As industrialisation swept through what is now the developed world, fertility fell sharply, first in France, then in Britain, then throughout Europe and America. When people got richer, families got smaller; and as families got smaller, people got richer.
Now, something similar is happening in developing countries. Fertility is falling and families are shrinking in places— such as Brazil, Indonesia, and even parts of India—that people think of as teeming with children. As our briefing shows, the fertility rate of half the world is now 2.1 or less—the magic number that is consistent with a stable population and is usually called “the replacement rate of fertility”. Sometime between 2020 and 2050 the world’s fertility rate will fall below the global replacement rate.
At a time when Malthusian worries are resurgent and people fear the consequences for an overcrowded planet, the decline in fertility is surprising and somewhat reassuring. It means that worries about a population explosion are themselves being exploded—and it carries a lesson about how to solve the problems of climate change.
Originally posted by GoodLuckCharm
Very interesting, what do you think will happen if population gets "out of control"? perhaps a few "happy accidents"? war? new laws? sterilization? vaccines? or perhaps something else. I know people on the board and on a few other websites I have visited have put forth the theory that the PTB are wanting to cut the population of the world dramatically.