Baby Bust

Wired has an article about the decline in population increase.  There are some serrious positive environmental consequences, and some serrious negative economic consquences involved with the drop in population.  See the entry here for thoughts and a link to notes from the presentations on demographics and world population at POP! Tech 2004.

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  1. It does seem like good news. But what they didn’t mention is the possibility of an equally dramatic drop in the mortality rate. Theses countries that are experiencing lower birth rates are also getting lower mortality rates from communicable disease and perhaps eventually chronic disease. If you believe Ray Kurzweil these kids being born will never die. So even low birth rates may still result in climbing population.

  2. I can’t get the links to docs to work.