How to reach a sustainable human population

By Andrew Freeman | For The Salt Lake Tribune “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” — Genesis 1:28, KJV This scripture was written around the sixth century BCE, when an estimated 150 million people inhabited Earth. The current global population is approaching 7.7 billion. It is imper...
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Will the world RUN OUT of people?

Book claims global population will start to decline in 30 years despite UN predictions - and says once it does 'it will never end' There are 7.7 billion people living on Earth, expected to climb to 9 billion by 2050 Book says population will start to drop in roughly 30 years and steadily decline Authors say improvements in women's education worldwide will have big impact This and other factors will cause many people to choose not to have children By CHEYENNE MACDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM ...
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What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, The Guardian Sun 27 Jan 2019 06.00 EST Last modified on Tue 29 Jan 2019 05.48 EST She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in cash, she expects hers will be p...
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Americans aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves

Jan. 9, 2019, 10:53 PM MST / Updated Jan. 10, 2019, 6:06 AM MST / NBC News By Linda Carroll and Shamard Charles, M.D. Americans are having fewer and fewer babies, a new government report finds. In fact, we now aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves. For the population to reproduce itself at current numbers, the “total fertility rate” needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age over their lifetime, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sa...
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What explains America’s mysterious baby bust?

The Economist - November 24, 2018 In some ways, the Atlantic Ocean seems unusually wide at the moment. Polls by the Pew Research Center show that western Europeans take an increasingly dim view of America, and not just its president. On the other side of the ocean, conservatives think that a clinching argument against universal health care is to call it European. Yet in other, more intimate, ways the two continents appear to be converging. American families are increasingly hard to disti...
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Letter: Avoiding Climate Armageddon

By Steve Bannister For the Deseret News This has been a difficult year for those of us very concerned that our addiction to coal, natural gas and petroleum continues its assault on our local and global environments. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report on how we are failing to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Three days later Hurricane Michael struck Florida, the fourth strongest storm ever to make U.S. landfall. And this year Utah suffered thr...
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So Over Population [Part I and II]

Outside/In Radio, October 11, 2018 Overpopulation was one of the biggest environmental issues of the 60s and 70s, arguably bigger than saving the whales, planting trees, and acid rain. But then… it seemed to disappear from the conversation. That is until the release of the movie Avengers: Infinity War where the ultimate bad guy Thanos is motivated by one concern: overpopulation. Today, we’re talking about population. How it went from being on the front pages of our newspapers and all over ...
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Population and the Steady State Economy

By Max Kummerow, The Daly News, Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy Sir David Attenborough remarked in a 2011 presidential lecture to the Royal Society that “every environmental and social problem is made more difficult and ultimately impossible to solve with ever more people.” Wherever women’s status has improved and societies modernized, he said, birth rates have fallen. He begged his audience to “talk about population.” We often hear politicians call for “more jobs.” Gr...
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Japan’s Successful Economic Model

Sep 20, 2018 ADAIR TURNER |Project Syndicate Japan’s GDP growth lags most other developed economies, and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines. But what matters for human welfare is GDP per capita, and on this front, the country excels. TOKYO – Nearly everyone says that Japan’s economic model has imploded. Since 1991, growth has averaged just 0.9% versus 4.5% over the previous two decades. Slow growth, combined with large fiscal deficits and near zero inflation, h...
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U.S. Birth Rates Are at a 30-Year Low, Despite Economic Growth

By MIKE STOBBE / AP May 17, 2018 (NEW YORK) — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns. The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99% of the birth certificates filed nationwide, co...
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