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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I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com | 2017 Vox Media, Inc. | Sep 26, 2017, 9:20am EDT I did an event with environmental journalist (and personal hero) Elizabeth Kolbert late last week, in which we discussed various matters related to journalism and climate change. Subsequently, one of the attendees wrote and asked why I hadn’t talked about population. Isn’t overpopulation the real root of our environmental ills? Anyone who’s ever given a talk on an environmental subject knows that the popu...
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Growth Bias Busted – Spotlighting Pro-Growth Bias in the Media

Dave Gardner | GrowthBusters.org Just a few weeks ago, in The Daily Beast, senior columnist Matt Lewis told the world, "it's insane for a nation to aspire to a smaller population." In OH, BABY! The Fertility Rate Is Way Down, and Yes, That's a Huge Problem, Lewis spread the lie that as our population has increased, we've become more prosperous and "environmentally friendly," as "predicted by economists like Julian Simon...." A few days later, a Newsweek reporter took note and reported "...
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Letter: Another benefit of birth control: improved pregnancy outcomes

By Cara C. Heuser | The Public Forum | Salt Lake Tribune Regarding “The only man in Utah we want touching our birth control is Rep. Ray Ward” (The Tribune, Nov. 12): The voices of health care professionals are important in this discussion; I commend the authors for noting that contraception can be a practical, rather than an ideological, issue. As a physician caring for women with complicated pregnancies, I echo the authors’ assertion that contraception has many practical benefits. It is ...
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Letter: Rep. Ward’s family planning legislation makes sense

By Kat Martinez | The Public Forum| The Salt Lake Tribune As a mentor to teen moms, I am extremely grateful family doctor Rep. Raymond Ward is introducing legislation to offer coverage for family planning. The Health and Human Services committee members at the Capitol should enthusiastically support the family planning services amendments by Ward. There are thousands of Utahns who fall through the coverage gap. Over 200,000 Utah women need publicly funded planning services. A Medicaid state ...
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