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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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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U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American women continue to wait longer to have children. Birth rates fell for nearly all age groups of women younger than 40 in 2017, sending overall fertility rates to a record low, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The only age group that saw a rise in birth rates: Women in their early 40s. "This is the third year that the [overall] number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, and the lowest number of births in 30 years," s...
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Paul Ehrlich: ‘Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades’

The Guardian By Damian Carrington Thu 22 Mar 2018 07.30 EDT Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and over consumption are driving us over the edge. A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth, according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich. In May, it will be 50 years since ...
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The Wizard and the Prophet

The Wizard and the Prophet By DOUG FABRIZIO • FEB 28, 2018 In about 30 years there will be 10 billion people on the planet. Most of them will probably be middle class and want things like cars, homes, and Toblerone bars. How do you provide for that many people? Well, there are basically two answers. Link on MORE tab: Listen here: http://radiowest.kuer.org/?page=2
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Hormonal Male Contraceptive to Enter Clinical Trial

By Jef Akst | The Scientist | December 21, 2017 The gel, which men rub on their upper bodies daily, delivers synthetic progestin to block the testes from producing normal levels of sperm. A team led by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) plans to start a clinical trial of a male contraceptive gel next April, MIT Technology Review reports. The quick-drying, hormonal gel is rubbed on the upper arms and shoulders daily and can suppress sperm lev...
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Paul Ryan’s recipe for a robust economy: Have more babies

By Christine Emba December 15 The Washington Post 2017 draws to a close. “Feminism” has been declared the word of the year. And House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has just urged women to have more babies for the good of the state. A joke? An outtake from “The Handmaid’s Tale”? Alas, neither. At his weekly news briefing Thursday, Ryan (R-Wis.) suggested that the most important way to shore up the economy was for Americans to have bigger families. “This is going to be the new economic challenge f...
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